Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Nothing Is Art

In the mood for nothing? This exhibit at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt is for you. It's about nothing. Literally.
Stillness, emptiness, silence – the pause, the gap, the omission are increasingly significant in today’s society of images. Avant-garde artists of the 1960s and 1970s reacted with growing skepticism and evasive strategies to the possibility of depicting a reality whose complexity was becoming ever more difficult to grasp. Art is responding to the daily quantities of visual information by emptying the image.
Today, Postminimalists and Neoconceptualists are transforming the experience of the void in ways that range from the poetic to the ironic in installations, paintings, and sculptures. Reduced effects and sensations result in a particular attention to things and phenomena that are not visible at first glance. The gaze into the void thus unveils the peripheral. The ephemeral and the latent unfold. What remains is a diverse, shimmering nothing. This exhibition will be filled with it.
Less is more?
photo AP/Bern Kammerer

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