From 04 June 1999 to 02 September 1999
Curated by Veit Görner
Andreas Gursky (Leipzig, Germany, 1955) is one of the leading figures in the German art sector that has made photography its exclusive means of expression. A student of Bernd & Hilla Becher, from whom he learned the principle of the most neutral and immediate possible use of the photographic means, Gursky associates this intention of pure recording with a marked sensitivity to formal values, which he finds and brings out in his photographs.
The exhibition presents works created between 1995 and 1999, large-scale images where the viewpoint of the photographic lens is almost always higher than ground level.
Gursky’s preferred subjects are those landscapes where it is possible to detect the transformative relationship effected by man’s work on nature, such as the peripheral zones and gardens of metropolises, skyscrapers and airports – subjects that are often made interesting by ambient or artificial light that is so specific it makes whatever it falls on seem almost unreal.
Another significant aspect of his works is the structural order upon which they are based, the visual scheme to which they conform and which refers directly to the artist’s research into the way contemporary architectural spaces are abstracted through photography.
The formal cleanness of Gursky’s photographs and their large dimensions that reinforce their already perfect documentary rendering seem to play a specific role, namely the emphasis in the images of their character as social signs, elements that connote the most emblematic lifestyles of our contemporary era.