the art of spectacular
In high definition and impressively large format, photographer Andreas Gursky’s works are truly vertiginous. His work depicts the structure of buildings which criss-cross our cities, and retranscribes crowds through large-scale events. He becomes lost in landscapes and towering mountains. Interiors…windows and vast quantities of clutter. Or even an enormous liquid gas tanker in Qatar. The International Circuit in Bahrein. The page of a book, reconstituted entirely, then frozen by the artist. All represented in a monumental universe, sometimes spanning 5 metres across, populated by the colours and details of a teeming world and making the observer seem insignificant in the process.
Born in Leipzig in 1955, and currently a professor at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf, Andreas Gursky plays on perspective. He recently selected 60 photos from his collection for a retrospective at the Kunstpalast Museum in Düsseldorf, the capital of culture and shopping. Visitors discovered examples of his work from the early 80s to the “Ocean 2010” series, which was taken by satellite, or the more abstract “Bangkok 2011” series.
Copyright: Andreas Gursky / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London
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