• We 13.09
  • Th 14.09
  • Fr 15.09
  • Sa 16.09
  • Su 17.09

Courtesy Kienzle Art Foundation 

Exhibition, Private collection
Kienzle Art Foundation

13 SEP 2017 — 13 JAN 2018


From 13 September 2018 to 13 January 2018, works by the American artist Gary Stephan (b. in Brooklyn in 1942) from the 1970s until today will be shown. For the exhibition GARY STEPHAN a catalogue will be published (German/English) with an essay by Klaus Merkel.

The constructed visual spaces of Gary Stephan still possess an immense tension today. After he had participated several times in the Whitney Biennial, the art critic Roberta Smith wrote in 1973 that Gary Stephan’s work was “among the most closely watched developments of the early 1970s.” Today, 50 years later, this statement is still valid: Stephan’s work represents a striking rediscovery in comparison to younger artists who question painting. In the art market context, Gary Stephan can be considered a “hidden treasure.” During the 1980s, Gary Stephan’s work was called neo-conceptual, another painterly position with contemporary relevance. 

Many group and solo shows brought Gary Stephan to international renown until the 1990s. His name was mentioned in the same breath as Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Ross Bleckner, Peter Halley, Jonathan Lasker, Robert Longo, Olivier Mosset or Philip Taaffe, and of course his gallerist at the time, Mary Boone. But before that could take place, he had to depart from his earlier way of working in the 1970s. As Klaus Merkel writes in the catalogue for the exhibition, “He had to end his minimalist operations, the fusion of colour, material, and wall to form an object.”

His new beginning found expression in painting with an impasto brushstroke. In the words of Klaus Merkel, “The works mark his transition from the late 1970s to the 1980s and form the foundation of the exhibition GARY STEPHAN and open the space of debate.” For the exhibition GARY STEPHAN a catalogue will be published (German/English) with an essay by Klaus Merkel.