Kunstverein Braunschweig

  • Tom Burr

    Tom Burr

    Low Slung

    Tom Burr, Karola Grässlin, and Kunstverein Braunschweig

    Video peepshows, porno theatres, garden pavilions – with subtle insight, Tom Burr (*1963) sheds light upon what is marginalized, or not immediately recognizable. His works, which make reference to Minimal art's object sculptures, redefine them in current socio-economic and “queer” aspects. By acting as an intermediary between formal stringency and socio-political content, Tom Burr's works overcome Hal Foster's criticism that Minimal art tended to “handle the viewer as historically innocent and sexually indifferent." With comprehensive texts and illustrations, this book features an artist who belongs among those who have shaped a new form of institutionally critical art.

    In her seminal text on “Tom Burr's Minimalism”, author Juliane Rebentisch discusses how the artist “injects a new political and aesthetic engagement into certain works by Smith, Serra, Smithson, and Morris, by shifting their logic.” Detecting a melancholic aspect of Burr's queer minimalist appropriations, she writes that “they connect in a peculiar way with what one might call the sepulchral quality which seems to predestine the anti-monumentalism of the minimalist aesthetic for the tasks of memorial art. At the same time the dialectic of mourning and desire, which can be released by the recollection of a largely destroyed sub-culture in Burr's minimalist adaptations, is also, at least potentially, directed forward towards another future – a queer future. In so far as Burr's works also function as allegorical gestures by means of which an image of the present crystallizes in images of the past, this opens the present up to the future.“

    Contributors Tom Burr, Carina Herring, Juliane Rebentisch

    • Paperback $27.00
  • Thomas Eggerer

    Thomas Eggerer

    Atrium

    Karola Grässlin and Kunstverein Braunschweig

    “How can one make a work on canvas today without, in some way, addressing the mobility that now characterizes our most familiar sources of representational surfaces – the television or computer screen with their profusion of data, succeeding, interrupting and, through the hyperlink, opening gaps within one another? Thomas Eggerer's anti-gravitational paintings address these conditions in a variety of ways, all of which cause a vertiginous loss of grounding.” David Joselit

    German artist Thomas Eggerer (*1963) is based in Los Angeles since 1999. A former member of the collaborative Group Material in New York, he initiated conceptual projects in collaboration with Jochen Klein, focusing on identity and gender issues in public space. In his current paintings and drawings, Eggerer continues this discourse with other means. His enigmatic depictions of groups and collectives attempt less to portray the singularity of the individual than to explore the mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, conformity and hierarchy, as well as the potential of individual or collective utopia.

    Numerous illustrations and two seminal essays make this the first major publication on the artist's work.

    Contributors Diedrich Diederichsen and David Joselit

    • Paperback $29.95