Thomas Schütte: Scenewright, Gloria in memoria, In medias res

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Dia Center for the Arts, 2002 - Art - 161 pages
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"Fundamentally, my works are almost always in the nature of a proposal," Thomas Schtte contends, while conceding that "nonetheless, mostly they exist in the form of models." Schtte's notion of models is, consequently, encompassing and complex: at its core lies hypothesis and speculation. This new monograph explores in detail the vast scope of work by this renowned mid-career German artist by documenting a tripartite, eighteen-month exhibition at the Dia Center for the Arts which in effect constitutes a retrospective overview of the artist's oeuvre. Devised in three segments with distinct points of reference, this unusually extended presentation revealed the extraordinary inventiveness and diversity of Schtte's production. Scenewright, the first installment, from September 1998 through January 1999, focuses on issues relating to scenography and theater. Gloria in Memoria,from February through June 1999, explores memorials, monuments, and antiheroes, and includes works ranging from installations and sculpture to drawing. The third and final phase, In Medias Res, from September 1999 through June 2000, concentrated on recent ceramics, shown together with a new series of related monumental steel sculptures. The accompanying catalogue follows the same format as the exhibition, with essays by Dia curator and renowned art scholar Lynne Cooke as well as acclaimed poet and critic Susan Stewart.

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Thomas Schutte was born in Oldenburg, Germany, in 1954. Between 1973 and 1982, he studied fine art at the Dusseldorf Art Academy with Fritz Schwegler and Gerhard Richter. Since his first solo shows in 1979, Schutte has exhibited widely in Europe and throughout the world. A large exhibition of his work recently traveled to London, Tilburg, and Oporto. Among numerous group shows, he participated in Documentas 8, 9, and 10 (1987, 1992, and 1997), and the Munster Sculpture projects of both 1987 and 1997.

Lynne Cooke has been Curator at Dia Art Foundation since 1991. An art historian and critic, she has published extensively on contemporary art and taught in various institutions. Karen Kelly is Director of Publications at Dia Art Foundation, where she has edited numerous books on contemporary art.

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