Katharina Fritsch

New Work


April 19 - June 8, 1996
1018 Madison Avenue


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Katharina Fritsch: New Work, the next exhibition in his gallery on the second floor at 1018 Madison Avenue.

Katharina Fritsch's first one-person exhibition in New York since her American debut at the Dia Center for the Arts, where she showed Rat-King (Rattenk├Ânig) in 1993, will include a new series of works based on images from a children's version of the Bildw├Ârter Duden, an illustrated lexicon or dictionary published in 1936 and owned by her father when he was a child. The lexicon contains simple line drawings of everyday events and objects. From these Fritsch has formed several thematic series, including "Fairy Tales", "Superstition", "Religious Beliefs", "Public Celebrations" and "Family Celebrations". Part of what has been called the German "collective memory," the images Fritsch has chosen are deeply imbedded in her nation's consciousness. Fritsch has explored this territory in her earlier work. These works, silkscreened on board with specially designed Mylar and wood frames, will be installed on the wall as if they were traditional drawings.

Katharina Fritsch, born in 1956, is not prolific, producing only a few new works each year. Although her work is not well known in this country, she has exhibited widely in Europe, representing Germany in last year's Venice Biennale. This exhibition will give an American audience a rare opportunity to see new work by one of the most respected European artists of her generation.

The Complete Multiples of Katharina Fritsch, 1980-1995 will be on view in our fifth floor gallery.

Katharina Fritsch: New Work will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 1018 Madison Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets), through Saturday 8 June 1996. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM.

For further information or photographs please contact Matthew Marks at 212-861-9455.

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