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Andreas Gursky

December 4, 1999 - January 15, 2000
522 W 22 Street

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Andreas Gursky, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West Twenty-second Street.

Gursky photographs both landscapes and interior views, producing large-scale color images that employ subtle manipulations of perspective. His work explores relationships between the documentary and the personal, interior and exterior space, and the individual and his physical surroundings. The environments he studies are, for the most part, vast spaces constructed for the collective group. In this exhibition, views of merchandise in a discount store in Los Angeles, a massive hotel atrium in Taipei, a boxing match outside Cologne, and the stacks of a library in Stockholm quietly blur the distinction between the products of man and of nature. Large details of paintings by Constable and Van Gogh, as well as a close-up photograph of an open book (Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities) are also the subjects for some of his new works.

Gursky lives and works in Düsseldorf and first exhibited his photographs in 1985. He has had several one-person museum exhibitions, at institutions including the Kunsthalle Zürich in 1992, Amsterdam's De Appel Foundation in 1994, and the Tate Gallery, Liverpool, in 1995. Last year his work was the subject of a retrospective organized by the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf as well as a separate exhibition of works from the past five years that was seen in museums in London, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Turin, and Wolfsburg, Germany. His first museum exhibition in the United States, organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum in 1998, traveled to Houston, Columbus, and Seattle. A major retrospective of his work, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will open in February 2001.

Andreas Gursky will be on view at Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West Twenty-second Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues), through January 15, 1999. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

For further information or photographs, please contact Leslie Cohan at (212) 243-0200.

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