Set across the American landscape, Matthew Barney's River of Fundament is an epic story of regeneration and rebirth, inspire by Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings. These images were taken at the Haus Der Kunst in Munich where Barney is showing works that derivates from his 5 hours plus film-opera. River of Fundament is on view until August 17th at Haus der Kunst, Munich. Photo Alexis Dahan
Photo Ekaterina Bazhenova
When I was waiting in a bar, where were you?
When I was buying you a drink, where were you?
When I was crying at home in bed, where were you?
When I watched you from a distance, did you see me?
Taking its title from a 1978 song of the same name by British punk band The Mekons, "Where Were You?" is a group show of paintings, prints, relief objects, and works on canvas that seem to require minimal intervention on the artists’ behalf, but actually belie the often complex ideas or extended periods of time spent contemplating, reworking and refining these processes. Although Minimalism has been presented in many of its guises at Lisson Gallery over the decades, through exhibitions of Peter Joseph, Robert Mangold, Robert Ryman, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt among others, "Where Were You?" focuses on the work of nine artists, five of which have not shown in the UK before: Allora & Calzadilla, Cory Arcangel, N. Dash, Robert Janitz, Paulo Monteiro, David Ostrowski, Michael Rey, Julia Rommel, and Dan Shaw-Town. Each of them articulates a minimalist aesthetic through abstraction, repetition or interruptions in surface and structure, foregrounding the intention, scale and execution of their gestures as both subjects for their work and as performative records of transient actions or incomplete thoughts. Photo Ekaterina Bazhenova
Photo Pola Esther
I've made my annual sojourn to southern Germany where my friend Martin Schaesberg is launching an artists' residency in his family's Schloss Tannheim. The former abbey was converted to a residence when his ancestors moved from Northern Germany during the Napoleonic wars. Martin has enlisted me as a consulting curator on the project. So I invited out an amazing group - artists, gallerist and curator - including Grear Patterson, Katja Kublitz, Larissa Bischoff and Joseph Gergel as well as my dear friend, the actress, Lucy Griffiths.
Next year, I'll officially nominate five artists to reside at the castle and produce site-specific work for an exhibition I'll curate in 2016. The place is nestled in lush fields of corn and wheat adjacent to the Black Forest lending a damp green hue to the atmosphere. Sitting in the gardens or cycling through the fields, you can see weather systems approaching for miles. Storms bowling along in big dark clouds. Luckily, it was mostly sunny and even when the summer storms billowed through the sun's rays would inevitable penetrate their density creating spotlights from the heavens. The freshness of the landscape and the antiquated backdrop of the property itself lends itself to self-reflection and offers ample rejuvenating activities. It's no wonder the region is speckled with grand monasteries and lavish rococo cathedrals whose steeples pierce the skyline of even the tiniest villages. It also makes it the perfect spot for an artists' retreat.
These last ten days, we divided our days between activities... Taking several hours to prepare and enjoy each meal made of products grown in the garden or from the dairies and game raised nearby. The rest of the each day was divided between reading in the morning and cycling to the river Breg for a frigid swim before swapping out sauna and pool dips and laying in the sun to dry. Late afternoons we all retreated to our chambers for more reading and down time, research and writing, or - for the artists - time to paint and think through their current projects. A regiment that reminded all of us of summer camp. Text and photo Cecilia Stucker