Nov
29
Thu 10:00 AM

De-Natured: German Art from Joseph Beuys to Martin Kippenberger

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When: Thursday, November 29, 2012
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM  
Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh
40 Arts Circle Drive  
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: - Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Costs: - General Admission: Free
Contact: Block Museum of Art   (847) 491-4000
Group: Block Museum Exhibitions
Category: Fine Arts
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Selections from the James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach Collection

De-Natured presents the work of ten of the best-known German artists active from the 1960s to today. While diverse and varied, the work of these artists has been informed by a fracturing and questioning of authenticity and representation provoked by 20th-century German history.

Using unconventional materials, Joseph Beuys addressed profound questions of creativity, social change and personal action. Pioneering conceptual artist Hanne Darboven utilized numerical systems to convey the passage of time. Gerhard Richter's works in oil, photography, print media and drawing investigate what lies beneath the visible surface of a work of art. Sigmar Polke appropriated images from advertisements to address the superficiality of consumer culture. Self-referential drawings on hotel stationary by Martin Kippenberger introduced an anarchic expressivity, evocatively combining the public and the personal.

Other artists in De-Natured include Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, and Thomas Struth.

De-Natured is organized and circulated by the Ackland Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with funding provided by the William Hayes Ackland Trust. Support for its presentation at the Block Museum is provided by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Evanston Arts Council.