Apr 26, 2009

About Art Cologne 2009

This year Art Cologne was dominated by abstract art and works on 2 dimension surface. We could seldom notice works from critical art sphere, provocative or controversial.

In the middle of the exhibition space there was the sector of Open Space presentations. Here were presented galleries chosen by 3 curators - Vasiv Kortun, Stefanie Kreuzer, Beatrix Ruf. The concept was to choose younger, less commercial galleries and artists.

In Open Space there was present one Polish gallery – Program from Warsaw – presenting drawings by Mariusz Tarkawian. The artists often refers to artworks of other artists, and he made also drawings based on The Krasnals paintings for the December issue of Arteon – Polish art monthly.

The second Polish accent was Radek Szlaga, his paintings were presented by gallery Neue Bilder from Berlin.

Vernissage TV had its booth in the middle of Open Space, there was also the lounge place for meetings, talks, and interviews. In this place was presented on 2 screens a curated video art program of Vernissage TV with the following artists: Matthew Green, G.H. Hovagimyan, Lisa Kirk, The Krasnals, Christina McPhee, Magdalena von Rudy, Ultra Art Fair, Alexandra Bachzetsis.

Opening reception and the video program:

Open Space Talk “From A to B and Back Again” – about new cooperation between Cologne and New York; with Astrid Wege, Rike Frank, Anders Kreuger and Tobi Maier

other talks:
The artist Mark Thompson (Galerie Thomas Zender) in conversation with David Pagel :

Julia Horstmann receives Audi Art Award for New Positions; Daniel Hug - new director of Art Cologne speaking:

The Krasnals videos with interviews soon:
Heinrich Schmidt – Vernissage TV
Kathrin Luz – Open Space
G.H. Hovagimyan – New York artist presented by Vernissage TV

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