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Hans Haacke free pdf Born in Cologne in 1936 and based in New York since 1965, Haacke's strong political, cultural and social concerns are reflected in his installations, texts and sculptures. Throughout his fifty-year career Haacke has frequently changed the presentation of his art to get his message across. Often borrowing from non-art sources such as corporate advertising, questionnaires or scientific experimentation, Haacke is probably the most successful and best-known late twentieth-century artist to create a political art that manages to hit its mark with succinct elegance. Haacke sometimes works almost as a sleuth-like reporter, uncovering museum politics in his art. This practice has famously led on occasion to museum officials cancelling his exhibitions. For example, his 1971 one-person show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was cancelled in response to his proposal to present the questionable real estate dealings of several New York companies. Though he began as a painter in the late 1950s, Hans Haacke soon began to make works such as Raintower (1962) which drew on natural energies and forces. Subsequent works, for example the opinion-based MOMA-Poll (1970), encouraged active audience participation. The artist is particularly admired for his research into the art world's hidden economies and politics, as well as into repressed histories of places and people. The resulting artworks (such as his project for the Reichstag in Berlin, Der Bevolkerung [To The Population, 1999]) have often drawn immense controversy. Haacke is a unique figure in post-war art, and his work has touched on such diverse movements as Conceptual, Pop, Minimal and Land art. His integrity as well as the formal innovations of his art have proven hugely influential for many generations of contemporary artists. Haacke has presented solo exhibitions in such museums as the Tate Gallery, London (1984)- the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and tour (1986)- and the Musee nationale d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1989), among others. Haacke has participated in such landmark group exhibitions as 'When Attitudes Become Form', Kunsthalle Bern, and tour (1969), and 'Information' at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970). He has been featured in four Documentas, Kassel (1972, 1982, 1987 and 1997), both 'Skulptur. Projekte in Munster' exhibitions (1987 and 1997), and three Venice Biennales (1976, 1978 and 1993).

About Walter Grasskamp

Walter Grasskamp (Survey) is a German art critic and art historian. He is Professor of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Grasskamp wrote the main essay 'Art and the City' for the catalogue Contemporary Sculpture. Projects in Munster 1997 and has written on Haacke for his exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, London (1984)- the Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona (Obra Social, 1995)- and the German Pavilion at the XLV Venice Biennale (1993). Molly Nesbit (Interview) is Professor in the Department of Art at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York. She is author of Atget's Seven Albums (1992) and Their Common Sense (2000). Nesbit has received numerous awards, notably from the Guggenheim Foundation (1991) and the J. Paul Getty Trust (1988 and 1992). In 2003 she co-curated (with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija) 'Utopia Station' at the 50th Venice Biennale. Jon Bird (Focus) is Professor of Art and Critical Theory at Middlesex University, London, and an independent curator and writer on contemporary art and visual culture. Among the exhibitions he has curated are the Leon Golub retrospective at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and tour (2000)- and a major exhibition on Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith for the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2003). For his Artist's Choice Haacke has selected a text by Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) the poet and playwright, born in Augsburg, Germany. Extracted here is Writing the Truth: Five Difficulties (1934/35) on the need to speak the truth in order to preserve political integrity, a text that he wrote in Denmark after he was forced to flee there by the rise of the Nazis. Hans Haacke's Artist's Writings include an early 'manifesto' (1965)- extracts from a key interviews with Yve-Alain Bois, Douglas Crimp and Rosalind Krauss (1984)- and Caught Between the Revolver and the Checkbook (1993), an examination of corporate sponsorship of cultural institutions.

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Author : Walter Grasskamp
Publisher : Phaidon Press Ltd
Data Published : 01 June 2004
ISBN : 0714843199
EAN : 9780714843193
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 160 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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