Claude Monet began to work in series around 1880 he was laying the
foundations for a systematic approach to the the subject of art and
to pictorial means.
In the 20th century working in series became a recognized method employed
by many artists, however the artistic positions and aims of those
who use it are varied in the extreme.
While one artist might build up a complex system in order to obey
its laws, another does so in order to break and modify them. For one
group of artists the notion of working in series means that all things
are different, for another, that everything becomes increasingly similar.
Taking Monet’s legendary series as its starting point, the exhibition
in the Hamburg Kunsthalle sets out to explore the different motives
behind the serial approach to art adopted by 20th century artists.
Common motivations and concepts will be presented together in an attempt
to clarify the broadly defined notion of the artistic series or cycle.
The spectrum of artists shown in the exhibition extends from Monet
to Warhol, Mondrian to Rachel Whiteread, Jawlensky to Roni Horn. The
catalogue essays investigate the historical and cultural backgrounds
against which artists began to work in series. Factors such as the
advent of industrial mass production and the accompanying development
of reproductive techniques will be taken into consideration, as will
philosophical issues such as the notion of the whole and its parts,
the individual and the collective, perception, space, movement and
Josef Albers · Carl Andre
Bernd und Hilla Becher · Vanessa Beecroft
Tom Bell · Candice Breitz · Sabine Emmerich
Frank Gerritz · Jochen Gerz
Felix Gonzalez-Torres Tamara Grcic
Naoya Hatakeyama · Thaddeus Holownia
Roni Horn · Alexej von Jawlensky · Jasper Johns Donald Judd · On Kawara
· Ellsworth Kelly
Jürgen Klauke · Sol LeWitt · Roy Lichtenstein Walter De Maria · Allan
Piet Mondrian · Claude Monet · Ken Ohara · Roman Opalka · Bernhard
Prinz Gerhard Richter · Ed Ruscha · Robert Ryman · Cindy Sherman
Haim Steinbach · Andy Warhol · Marijke van Warmerdam · Rachel Whiteread
Exhibition catalogue DEM 45