Birgit Megerle

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Unorthodox
Jens Hoffman (Ed.)


This wide-ranging and thought-provoking compilation explores the idea of nonconformity in art, religion, and philosophy. The book features 55 contemporary artists who work outside the norms of current practice, alongside both newly commissioned and previously published texts which, taken together, provide an astute sampling of recent perspectives on art and ideas.  Among the artists whose work is featured are Margit Anna, Clayton Bailey, Tony Cox, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Birgit Megerle, Philip Smith, and Keiichi Tanaami.  The accompanying texts include classic works by Sigmund Freud and Leo Steinberg, reprinted with new commentary by Mark Edmundson and Joshua Decter, respectively; a recent essay on unorthodoxy in Judaism by Alan T. Levenson with a response by Jack Wertheimer; and a previously unpublished meditation on Aby Warburg’s art history by Georges Didi-Huberman.

Artists included: Margit Anna, Austė, Clayton Bailey, Brian Belott, Meriem Bennani, Adolfo Bernal, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Michael Buthe, Tony Cox, Olga de Amaral, Brian DeGraw, Marie-Louise Ekman, Brenda Fajardo, Christina Forrer, Valeska Gert, Stephen Goodfellow, Zach Harris, Margaret Harrison, Tommy Hartung, Nadira Husain, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Cyrus Kabiru, E’wao Kagoshima, Gülsün Karamustafa, Keiichi Tanaami, Július Koller, Jirí Kovanda, Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato, Boris Lurie, Alice Mackler, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, f.marquespenteado, Park McArthur, Birgit Megerle, Jeffry Mitchell, Mrinalini Mukherjee, Masatoshi Naito, Hylton Nel, Zoë Paul, Nick Payne, Christina Ramberg, Bunny Rogers, David Rosenak, Erna Rosenstein, Xanti Schawinsky, Max Schumann, Leang Seckon, Diane Simpson, Philip Smith, Hajime Sorayama, Jeni Spota, Miroslav Tichý, Amikam Toren, Endre Tót, William T. Vollmann

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TEXTE ZUR KUNST #99
September 2015 "Phototgraphy"


Decades following the rise of computer aided design and the aesthetic-theoretical debates that coincided, it might seem late, at this point, to place a spotlight on photography. After all, hardly anyone defends photography’s loyalty to the analog index anymore, or mourns the medium specificities of centuries past. And yet, who can dispute that the photograph has become the primary base for establishing identity now, for cohering a social body; one that, as the substrate across which today’s human subject is drawn, stands as, in a sense,our material support? As the image’s gaze has become omnipresent, it is perhaps prime time to ask how do we now understand photo-media to operate? What information do we expect it to carry? What facts do we trust it to convey?

ISSUE NO. 99 / SEPTEMBER 2015 “PHOTOGRAPHY”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE
LOST TRACES OF LIFE / A conversation about indexicality in analog and digital photography between Isabelle Graw and Benjamin Buchloh

LORETTA FAHRENHOLZ
SCANNERS

ROBIN KELSEY
PHOTOGRAPHY, LACAN, AND THE GENIUS OF JEFF KOONS

PETER OSBORNE
THE DISTRIBUTED IMAGE

ANNA GASKELL
LIFE IN THE SYSTEM

TIMUR SI-QIN
TRUE LIES

MICHAEL HAGNER
THE PHOTOBOOK, POST-DIGITAL

CLEMENS JAHN
PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY

SETH PRICE
LECTURE ON THE EXTRA PART
BILDSTRECKE

BENJAMIN ASAM KELLOGG
OCULUS DEMOS MAXIMUS
SHORT CUTS

FUTURE NOT PRESENT / Helmut Draxler, Susanne von Falkenhausen, Amy Sillman, and Hong Zeiss on the 56th Venice Biennale
NEW DEVELOPMENT

DREAMING IN TRENDS / Michael Wang on the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
NO EXPO / Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho on the Fondazione Prada, Milan
OPEN SEASON / Nikoloz Japaridze with Natasha Randall on the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
ROTATION

HART SPRECHEN FÜR EINE GEMEINSAME WELT / Christian Kravagna über “Kritik der schwarzen Vernunft” von Achille Mbembe
GARY COOPER’S LIPSTICK / Thomas Beard on Boyd McDonald’s “Cruising the Movies: A Sexual Guide to ‘Oldies’ on TV”
LIEBE ARBEIT KINO

WETRANSFER: MEDIATING THE MEDIATED SELF / Carson Chan on Britta Thie’s “Translantics”
KLANG KÖRPER

WIR SIND GAR NICHT HIER / Joy Kristin Kalu über Richard Maxwells “The Evening”, The Kitchen, New York
SHORT WAVES

Megan Francis Sullivan on Birgit Megerle at Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna / Nuit Banai on Josef Strau at Secession, Vienna / Nina Franz über Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff in der Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
REVIEWS

BLAUE FLECKEN / Alexander García Düttmann über De La Fuente Oscar De Franco im Helmhaus, Zürich
HEARTS OF CONTROL / Dan Mitchell on Gili Tal at Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn
JEDERMANNS AUTOBIOGRAFIE / Kerstin Stakemeier über Mark Leckey im Haus der Kunst, München
MIT INDIEGOGO NACH PIONEERTOWN / Michael Kral über Pierre Bismuth in der Galerie Jan Mot, Brüssel
ALTE GEISTER / Philip Ursprung über Albert Oehlen in der Kunsthalle Zürich
OBITUARY

LAWRENCE WEINER
DOROTHEE FISCHER (1937-2015)

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Birgit Megerle

Texts by Meike Behm, Dirk von Lowtzow, Vanessa Joan Müller

Birgit Megerle’s figurative and abstract paintings are characterized by an artificial, rigid, and stage-like atmosphere. The female characters featured in her works are poised with a determination and a readiness to act, and while based in a tradition of representational painting, they are eerily unreal and remote. Despite their contemporary references, the works feel as though they have fallen out of time. Associations with performative events are amplified by Megerle’s installations, in which the works are hung not only on the wall, but also laid on the floor or presented as mise en scène. Although the works contain figurative elements, comprehensible narratives do not unfold, with Megerle challenging social constraints and norms without proffering solutions. This exhibition catalogue accompanied Megerle’s exhibition at Kunsthalle Lingen in the fall of 2010.

Design by Manuel Raeder

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