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VTV Mag #13 with: Larissa Fassler’s “Kotti”, Franz West’s “The Ego and the Id”, Art Cologne 2010, Monica Bonvicini and Krivet at Berlin Gallery Weekend, SEO (studio visit), the Basquiat retrospective at Fondation Beyeler, the design of Alessi, Hong Kong International Art Fair, and: a calendar and map of places and events during Art Basel 2010. VernissageTV Magazine: Contemporary Art, Design, Architecture.

Text of VTV Mag #13





  • 00013Larissa Fassler

    Franz WestArt Cologne

    Monica BonviciniKriwetSEO


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  • ROTLariSSafAssLer

    Kotti (2008)

  • Larissa Fassler: Kotti (2008): --

  • Larissa Fassler is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Berlin. She is represented by the gallery September Berlin. At Art Cologne 2010, September presented the work Kotti (2008). After Hallesches Tor (2005) and Alexanderplatz (2006), Kotti is the third in a series of model-like structures. Kotti is a model representation of the publicly accessible areas of the Zentrum Kreuzberg (ZK) housing estate and its surroundings. Starting once again with the act of walking I have measured this concrete housing estate as well as its front plaza and underground access tunnels in order to construct a third model-like structure that questions the impact of urban planning on communities, and conversely, the impact of communities on planning. (Larissa Fassler)

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    The Ego and the IdDoris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park New York

    Public Art Fund

  • The Ego and the Id is internationally acclaimed artist Franz Wests newest and largest aluminum sculpture to date. Soaring 20 feet high, the piece consists of two similar but distinct, brightly colored, looping abstract forms, one bubble gum pink and the other alternating blocks of blue, green, orange, and yellow. Each of the forms curve up at the bottom creating stools that invite passersby to stop, take a seat, and directly engage with the artwork. The sculpture is only truly complete once the viewer interacts with the work. The Ego and the Id is consistent with the artists overarching desire to produce sociable environments for viewing art using his signature combination of whimsy and monumentality.

    Created specically for Wests rst comprehensive American retrospective this past fall at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Ego and the Id borrows its name from one of Sigmund Freuds best known texts, in which he explores the egos battle with three forces: the id, the super-ego, and the outside world. Removing the gallery walls heightens the connection between Wests work and Freuds work, allowing these forces to intermingle with the streets of New York City as a backdrop.

    Franz West began his career in mid-1960s Vienna during the height of a local movement called Actionism. His earliest sculptures, performances, and collages were a reaction to this movement, in which artists engaged in displays of radical public behavior intended to shake up art-world passivity. In the early 1970s, West began making a series of small, portable sculptures called Adaptives (Pastcke). The Ego and the Id is in many ways an oversized version of an Adaptive. The sculpture also directly relates to the artists furniture installations, which transform galleries, museums, and public spaces into lounge-like environments. West has described the correlation between his plaster objects and furniture installations as a way to put dreams on earth; The Adaptives would be the dream and the chairs and tables would be the Earth.

    Franz West lives and works in Vienna, where he was born in 1947. He has exhibited internationally for more than three decades in galleries and museums, and at major festivals including Documenta IX (1992) and Documenta X (1997), Kassel, Germany; Sculpture Projects in Mnster (1997); and the Venice Biennale (1988, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2007). His rst major American retrospective, Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972-2008, debuted at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2008), and then traveled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2009). His work has been exhibited at Gagosian Gallery, New York (2008); Gagosian Gallery, London (2006); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2003); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2003); and Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofa, Madrid (2001). He had a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1997.

    Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park, July 15, 2009 August 2010

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  • Katrin Mayer: Balloon at Open Space / Art Cologne 2010 (Antje Wachs Gallery): --

  • Max Frey: Kinetic Light Object at Open Space / Art Cologne 2010 (Krobath Gallery): --

  • Installation by Andrea Lehmann, Anna Klinkhammer Gallery at Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Susan Hefuna: Feel (2007) at The Third Line, Dubai at Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Susan Hefuna: Nine Lives (2010) at The Third Line, Dubai at Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Work by Judith Schwinn at Kuttner Siebert Gallery at Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Nina Annabelle Mrkl at Max Weber Six Friedrich at Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Detail of a work by Michail Pirgelis at Sprth Magers Gallery at Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Andy Warhol: Cologne Cathedral at Galerie Heinz Holtmann: --

  • Francis Upritchard Solo Show at Kate MacGarry / Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Work by Josephine Meckseper at Galerie Reinhard Hauff: --

  • Dan Colen/Nate Lowman: Curtain. Peres Projects, Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Paul Schwer: Wallpainting (2009), Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer at Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Confetti Machine by Max Frey at Open Space / Art Cologne 2010: --

  • Circus Hein at Open Space / Art Cologne 2010: --


    Video in collaboration with Art Das Kunstmagazin: --

  • MonICaBonViCinI

    Bet Your Sweet Life

    Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin

  • Monica Bonvicini: Bet Your Sweet Life at Max Hetzler Berlin: --

  • KRiVeTBQ Temporary Exhibition Space Berlin

  • Kriwet at BQ Berlin: --


    Studio Visit: SEO --

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    Jean-Michel Basquiat Retrospective at Fondation Beyeler / Interview with Sam Keller: --

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 1988) was one of the most fascinating and controversial personalities in the art world. After starting on the New York under-ground scene as a grafti sprayer, musician and actor, he began to devote himself to painting at nineteen. His highly expressive, energetic work soon found wide admiration. Supported by Andy Warhol, he advanced to become an internationally acclaimed star. He was the youngest Documenta participant ever, and exhibited at Art Basel, the Venice Biennale, and various famous galleries. The son of immigrants from the Caribbean, Basquiat became the rst black artist to make a highlevel breakthrough. He collaborated with Keith Haring, Francisco Clemente, Debbie Harry, and many other stars. In the space of only eight years, he created an extensive oeuvre of about 1000 paintings and 2000 drawings before his tragic death at the age of only twenty-seven. To mark his ftieth birthday, the Fondation Beyeler is devoting a large retrospective to Jean-Michel Basquiat, comprising more than 100 paintings, works on paper, and objects from renowned museums and private collections around the world. His works, populated by comic-like gures, skeletal silhouettes, curious everyday objects, and poetic slogans, are highly colorful and powerful. They blend pop culture and cultural history into critical and ironic com-mentaries on consumer society and social injustice. The exhibition brings together many of Basquiats major works and illustrates the development of this legendary art scene star. Renowned museums, galleries and especially private collections in Europe and America have contributed to the success of our undertaking by generous provision of loans. These include The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Muse national dart mo-derne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica, The Brant Foundation, the Daros Collection, Switzerland, The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la cration, the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, the Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, the