A Critical Approach by Mischa Kuball
Astrid Becker, Felix Ensslin, Sabine Fastert, Jens Kastner, Nicole Roth, Barbara Segelken, Wolfgang Ullrich in conversation with Mischa Kuball
Studio Carmen Strzelecki
18 x 21,5 cm
30 color and 70 b/w
Dutch, English, German
DE 978-3-947563-98-2, EN 978-3-96912-006-4, NL 978-3-96912-007-1
What is Visible and What is Not
Mischa Kuball (b. 1959, Düsseldorf; lives and works in Düsseldorf) investigates public and institutional spaces and the social and political discourses that shape them. At the invitation of the Draiflessen Collection and with support from the Nolde Stiftung, the conceptual artist grappled with the life and oeuvre of the painter Emil Nolde (1867–1956) and created a body of work titled Nolde/critique/Kuball. In piece after piece, Kuball drains Nolde’s works of the colors that made the Expressionist famous, challenging the beholder’s preconceptions and examining perception and its constituent processes. Laid out in black and white, the book accordingly directs our attention not only to what a picture shows, but also to how structures and organizing principles emerge into view.
Mischa Kuball has been professor of public art at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, and associate professor of media art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM Karlsruhe since 2007.
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Close Cousins. Paintings48€ Add to cart
The Artist’s First Publication in more than Thirty Years
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Scoop29€ Add to cart
An Artist Book Setting New Visual Processes in Motion
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Freies Spiel44€ Read more
The function of art in human existence
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Sales Spaces without Merchandise
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Jeff Wall studied art history at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. His works are exhibited internationally, for example at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern, London, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008 he received the Audain-Award for his life work.
Lovely Planet. Polen / Poland16€ Add to cart
An Unconventional and Humorous Guide to a Country of Contrasts
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Jakob Ganslmeier studied at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, and at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. His pictures, which have garnered numerous awards, are frequently featured in leading German media and have been shown in exhibitions in Germany and abroad, including at the Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, Cottbus, the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, the Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, and the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris.
3.000 Jahre altägyptische Hochkultur27,50€ Add to cart
The Mysterious World of the Pharaohs and their Magical Relationship to Gold
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The craft of traditional Japanese lacquer finishing in contemporary art
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In his extraordinary sculptures, the artist combines a treatment of lacquer practiced for centuries in Japan with an organic language of form.
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