Archive for June, 2009

Jun 09 2009

Hannah Wilke @ MoMA and Centre Pompidou

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Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection

April 22, 2009–January 4, 2010


Hannah Wilke


1963-66. Pastel and charcoal on paper, 19-1/2 x 24 inches

The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. © 2009 Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon and Andrew Scharlatt – Hannah Wilke Collection and Archive, Los Angeles

Wilke’s experience of being a woman—bodily and socially—is at the heart of her work, from erotic sculptures made of latex and snaps to her works reflecting on illness, made while she was dying of cancer. This drawing from the 1960s includes imagery of genitals and upended backsides. Abstract but sexually suggestive shapes would become a hallmark of her later sculpture.




Women artists in the collections of the Centre Pompidou

May 27, 2009 – May 24, 2010


Hannah Wilke

S.O.S. Starification Object Series:
An Adult Game of Mastication
Mastication Box

Gift of the Centre Pompidou Foundation and Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon, Andrew Scharlatt, Hannah Wilke Collection & Archive, Los Angeles, 2007

© 2009 Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon and Andrew Scharlatt – Hannah Wilke Collection and Archive, Los Angeles

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Jun 03 2009

Channa Horwitz -press from Potsdam

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Potsdam Culture
May 2009

Channa Horwitz, Language Series   photo: Andreas Klaer

Rhythm and graph paper
by Helmut Schümann

Drawings, compositions and performances of Channa Horwitz in the Brandenburg Art Association.


The Announcement that structure stimulates artistic freedom.  Doesn’t this border on paradox?  This topical exhibit in the Brandenburg art association in Potsdam submits this kind of a thorough concept.  The work of California artist Channa Horwitz who is barely known in this country and is just being discovered.


The first big exhibition in Germany after her show in Berlin at Aanant and Zoo Gallery curated by Artist Michael Muller, is now in Potsdam.  Never seen drawings and some documentary photographs, most from the late sixty’s are seen here.  When Channa Horwitz was young, she chose to investigate what the greatest possible freedom in artistic expression could be.  She found that limitation and structure are synonymous with and the basis of freedom.


Based on this conviction the whole spectrum of the artists work develops.  This concept is astonishing because it came to her before she knew about the work called “Concept Art,” of the sixties.  Channa Horwitz continued her determination in the development of her own mental universe, doing drawings, paintings and performances.  She also created a visual philosophy which is part of her work to this day.  The Potsdam exhibit offers in multiple variations the opportunity to see the universe of Channa Horwitz bit by bit.  The work can be seen in multiple graph paper drawings that follow a system that can be seen and felt.


An essential knowledge is seen immediately that every drawing, every graphic notation uses the count of one through eight in it’s concept.  The figures one to eight become the fulcrum and pivot of a notation principle which Channa Horwitz created to visualize time, rhythm and movement.  The description in the form of diagrams is only one variation.  Because of her use of geometry and abstraction, the drawings on graph paper spray the charm of logic.  In her drawings of “Sonakinatography,” which the artist calls her instruction drawings for performances, detailed notes are found to explain the desired equipment and roles to be distributed.  These compositional drawings become cinematic documentation instructions.  Three live examples of the performances of Channa Horwitz were experienced at the opening of the exhibit under the title “Variations in Counting One through Eight” There was a percussive sound interpretation, by percussionist Thomas Gohing, a dance performance and a “Poem Opera” performance by members of the Berlin Dance Ensemble.  The dance performance was danced by four dancers and choreographed and authored by the daughter of Channa Horwitz, Ellen Davis, who spoke the recorded poetry the dancers performed to.  The dances were a recreation of a performance first done in 1969 where the dancers wore black-and-white Circle and Square motifs from a painting series the artist did in 1968.  There were three presentations which were held every 30-minutes for the duration of the show.


A lasting impression one takes away from this exhibition is of the severity of the set of rules of an artist whose visions of logical precision and serial logic is followed.  At the same time the amazing experience that on the basis of a meticulously contrived, complicated system that is an unconventional sound experience and exceedingly aesthetic movement choreography can be created and seen.


Until June 14, 2009, at the Brandenburg Art Association, Potsdam.  12-18 o’clock, Luisenforum, Brandenburg Street 5.

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