Thomas Schutte "Selected Works"

Skarstedt Gallery

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Skarstedt Gallery presents the exhibition Selected Works by Thomas Schutte. This exhibition is comprised of sculptures, photographs and watercolors, from the 1980s through the mid 2000s. It aims to present Schutte's diverse use of media as well as many of the ironies and criticisms of humanity he explores throughout his work including historical recollection, achievement and loss of power, and finally mortality.

On view in Gallery one is a culmination of sculptures and photographs created in 1994, all unanimously entitled "United Enemies." The group of sculptures, which correspond to the photographs, consists of two small figures tied together on a piece of PVC pipe adorned with colorful cloth all protected by a glass dome. The counterpart to this series, the photographs, of which all ten are displayed, highlight the faces and emotive nature of the sculptures making us wonder whether they are dulling it out to the death or simply trying to get along.

Representing Schuttes more recent works, in Gallery two, is a group of five sculptures from the series entitled "Wicht (Imp)" 2006. Here the cast bronze busts are displayed on steel bases at eye level. The faces are morphed and distorted expressing the shrewd and unpleasant nature of these people, while immortalizing them in a manner that was once reserved only for important leaders.

Thomas Schutte was born in 1954 in Oldenburg, Germany. He studied under Gerhard Richter and Fritz Schwegler at the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf, where he continues to live and work. Not only has he had numerous solo exhibitions, including a Retrospective at the Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain in early 2010, but he has participated in numerous international fairs like Documenta (X, IX, Kassel) and 2005?s Venice Biennale where he received The Golden Lion award.



from September 30, 2010 to October 30, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-09-30 from 18:00 to 20:00
A cocktail reception


Thomas Schutte

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