Sunday, 30 April 2017

Installation Views /// JESUYS CRYSTIANO at Delmes & Zander - Berlin



Installation Views: "JESUYS CRYSTIANO" at Delmes & Zander, Berlin 
Courtesy Delmes & Zander



Installation Views /// JESUYS CRYSTIANO at Delmes & Zander - Berlin
Delmes & Zander present works by Brazilian artist, Jesuys Crystiano, for the first time in Berlin. The solo exhibition opened on April 28th, the first day of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017. It continues until June 10th.

Not much is known of Crystiano's background. In 2010, a German hotel owner came across his wall drawings in abandoned buildings in the city of Ilheus, Brazil. He took Crystiano in, encouraging and documenting his artistic output until the time of his death in 2015.

In this period, Crystiano produced a multitude of work, including charcoal and pencil drawings in various sizes, objects, collages and notebooks. In his work, Crystiano constructs a surreal world, inhabited by recurring figures - airplanes, fish, elephants, upside down objects and buildings, and uprooted tree trunks, to name a few.

The exhibition has been featured on TIP Berlin as a recommended event.

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JESUYS CRYSTIANO

April 28th - June 10th, 2017

Delmes & Zander 
Rosa-Luxembourg-Str. 37
10178, Berlin

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Find out more about Delmes & Zander here.
www.galerie-zander.de/

Saturday, 29 April 2017

New Publication /// "Astral Bodies"


HORST ADEMEIT, 'Untitled', 1995. inscribed polaroid, 11 x 9 cm. Courtesy Delmes & Zander
TYPE 42, 'Florence La Rue', 1960s-70s. mixed media on polaroid, 8.3 x 10.8cm. Courtesy Delmes & Zander. 
Astral Bodies, Tannert, C (ed) 2017, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Courtesy Delmes & Zander.
New Publication /// Astral Bodies

Astral Bodies is the latest publication from Berlin-based Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Featured artists include:
HORST ADEMEIT
TYPE 42 (ANONYMOUS)
KENNETH ANGER
DIRK BELL
LUCAS FOLETTO CELINSKI
SUSAN HILLER
CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI
ALICJA KWADE
& many more

The catalogue also presents writings by Arielle Bier, Dr. Susan Greenwood, Dr. Thomas Macho, Bert Papenfuß and Shubigi Rao.

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Find out more about Astral Bodies here

Thursday, 27 April 2017

New Publication /// "Trucks" - Wesley Willis Zine

Willis, W 2016, Trucks, Nieves, Zurich & Rollo Press, Zurich. Courtesy Delmes & Zander

New Publication /// Trucks - Wesley Willis Zine

Trucks is the latest Wesley Willis zine from Nieves & Rollo Press. The publication focuses on Willis' detailed depictions of trucks and trailers, a recurring image in his work. The zine marks the third Wesley Willis publication from Nieves, an independent publishing house based in Zurich. Previously, they released 2001 and North Lake Shore Drive. Trucks is the first Wesley Willis zine to be co-published with Rollo Press, also based in Zurich.


"For two decades until his death in 2003, keyboard rock star Wesley Willis (*1963) rendered Chicago’s Dan Ryan Expressway and geometric skyline with ballpoint pen and felt-tip-marker lines. Known primarily to an alternative public for the uniquely singular sounds from his Technics KN 2000 and surreal texts which explored the themes of daily life such as fast food, bus lines, cultural trends or violent confrontations with super heroes, Wesley Willis's drawings testify to the years he spent sitting in on drawing classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology, manifest in drafting techniques Willis never abandoned but, to singular effect, refused to master. A series of small untitled drawings in blue ink from the early 80s depict big rigs, tractor trailers, rolling stock, and transit-authority buses in side and isometric views. His sketches, often in color, explore almost obsessively the congested freeway which connects Chicago’s South Side with the city’s downtown – a metaphor for his wish to bridge the two worlds." (...)

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Find out more about Trucks on Nieves' website, where you can also look through the publication.

Delmes & Zander at GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN 2017

JESUYS CRYSTIANO, untitled, pencil on paper, 01/2012,Courtesy Delmes & Zander

Delmes & Zander at the Gallery Weekend Berlin 

JESUYS CRYSTIANO
28.04. - 10.06.2017

On the occasion of this year's Gallery Weekend Berlin, Delmes & Zander presents works by Brasilian artists Jesuys Crystiano. The entire Crystiano-estate has been with the gallery since 2016 and will be shown in Berlin for the first time.

There is much uncertainty surrounding the biography of the artist Jesuys Crystiano. Even the year of his birth was arbitrarily established by the court as 1950. It is likely that Crystiano grew up in Buerarema in the state of Bahia / Brazil and that he went to school there. He probably spent his youth in Rio de Janeiro. 
His life and work are only documented after 2010, at which time he was living on the streets of Ilheus (Bahia) and taken care of by neighbors. How Crystiano ended up here till remains unclear. It was then that a German hotel owner who lived in the area first caught sight of his monumental wall drawings in abandoned buildings. From then on he continuously supported and documented Crystiano's artistic output and took him in until Crystiano's death in 2015.

Hundreds of coals and pencil drawings, some of them in large format, collages, objects and notebooks were produced during this period. In his drawings he invents surreal worlds which he puts on paper with an secure and dynamic trace. Airplanes, crowned vultures, fish, umbrellas, upside-down chairs and tables, as well as uprooted tree trunks are the recurring subjects of his drawings.
 
Opening hours during the Gallery Weekend:

Fri, 28.4 from 6-9 pm
Sat & Sun, 29.4 & 30.4 from 11-7pm

Friday, 21 April 2017

INDEPENDENT BRUSSELS 2017 /// REVIEW by Valentina Pop on Wall Street Journal

WESLEY WILLIS, THE DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY 33RD ST.  (night view), 1986, ballpoint pen on paper, Courtesy Delmes & Zander

Ceci N’Est Pas Un Art Fair: Independent Brussels Shakes Up Gallery Scene

"An unlikely panel in Brussels finds International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde next to disgraced junk-bond king Michael Milken – and not far from Dick Fuld, the last boss of Lehman Brothers before it went bankrupt.

Welcome to the contemporary art installation dubbed “Voodoo Justice for People of Finance” at Independent Brussels, the upstart art fair that has collectors from across the world flying in to Europe’s capital this weekend. Representing galleries from 15 countries and 32 cities, the fair has gained notoriety among top collectors and is rapidly taking on larger, established counterparts such as Art Brussels, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

If you’re expecting Frieze or Art Basel, Independent Brussels will surprise you. The European edition of the New York fair co-founded by gallerist Elizabeth Dee is in its second year, and touts a different philosophy: quality over quantity.

Home to surrealist painter René Magritte, Belgium has a history of welcoming rebels, and nurturing what is out of the ordinary. Independent Brussels is indeed a rebel in its field: Galleries can only participate by private invitation, in contrast to other fairs where applications are open. In the world of contemporary art, where the collector or viewer can be overwhelmed, Ms. Dee’s approach produces a curated selection of newcomers alongside established galleries.

To give you an idea, Independent Brussels features just 72 art houses – from Lisbon to New York, Berlin, Paris and other cultural hubs. Art Brussels is hosting nearly double that, and London’s Frieze, one of the world’s largest contemporary art fairs, will feature more than 160 galleries in October.

“It started out not intending to be an art fair exactly, but as a consensus of galleries collaborating on a new type of collective exhibition – in reaction to the limitations they struggled with at traditional art fairs,” said Olivier Pesret and Alix Dana, co-directors of the show in Brussels and New York.

Independent Brussels sheds many characteristics of traditional art fairs: there are no aisles, nor booth numbers. It’s not in a warehouse or temporary structure. Instead, the art sprawls throughout a former 1930s department store not far from the city’s medieval square. And while most fairs print off expensive invites for attending VIPs, Independent Brussels is entirely digital, part of its ecofriendly mantra. (...)"

Read here the complete article
www.wsj.com

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Delmes & Zander I Cologne presents KARL HANS JANKE

KARL HANS JANKE, Spielen Sonnen-Systeme Handball und Fußball?, mixed media on paper, 1959, Courtesy Delmes & Zander

 
 Delmes & Zander I Cologne presents

Karl Hans Janke

April 26 – June 17, 2017
Opening: Thursday, 26.04., 6–9 pm

By the time Karl Hans Janke died in 1988, he had produced hundreds of drawings and models of countless technical inventions, including highly detailed sketches of his visions of intergalactic travel and fantastic flying machines. In his own words, his inventions and ideas, which he had worked on continuously since 1948, were created ultimately "for the benefit of humanity and aimed toward propagating peace.” With his invention of the "German atom" and "space electricity" he was convinced that all of mankind's energy problems could be solved. In addition, Janke developed his own cosmology of the genesis of the earth, of life and of space , illustrated by his many drawings and described in-depth at lectures.

Karl Hans Janke made his designs in the seclusion of the Hubertusburg Psychiatric Hospital near Leipzig in the former German Democratic Republic, where he remained 39 years until his death. The hospital staff recognised the passion of the technically talented Janke for drawing and provided him with an office of his own. From here he drew and tinkered, gave lectures and corresponded with companies and public institutions. Janke saw himself as an inventor, an engineer, an artist and an original genius.
Karl Hans Janke was born in 1909 in the city of Kolberg in German Pomerania, where he grew up an only child into a middle-class family. After graduating from high school Janke enrolled at the University of Greifswald in 1932, where he began to study dentistry. He would eventually abandon his studies. In May 1940 he was drafted into the German army but was hospitalized after a series of breakdowns, and in 1943 he was finally discharged from military service on medical grounds.

Karl Hans Janke's works were to be rediscovered only in 2000, long after the iron curtain had come down. The imaginative legacy and originality of his visionary designs were finally recognized and acknowledged after his death. Karl Hans Janke was included in the 2003 Göteborg Biennial by artist Carsten Nicolai. 2013 he was shown at the Hayward Gallery in London. His works were last exhibited in 2014 in “Planning the Future”, the inaugural show at Delmes & Zander I Berlin.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Delmes & Zander at INDEPENDENT, BRUSSELS 2017

WESLEY WILLIS, CITY OF MANY DREAMS, 1991, mixed media on cardboard, 74 x 104cm, Courtesy Delmes & Zander

WESLEY WILLIS
ROCK'N'ROLL SUPERHIGHWAY

at Independent Brussels, April 19-23, 2017

At this year's edition of Independent Brussels, Delmes & Zander will present selected works by Wesley Willis (1963-2003) from the mid-80s in an exhibition entitled Rock'N'Roll Superhighway after Willis' song of the same name. The show's underlying theme of music was also at the heart of Disko Girls (Anonymous), the gallery's presentation at Independent New York earlier in the year.

For the two decades prior to his death, American artist and cult rock-star icon Wesley Willis rendered Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway and geometric skyline with lines drawn in ballpoint pen and felt-tip marker. Willis was a distinct presence within the Chicago music scene; well known to an alternative public for the energetic melodies from his Technics keyboard and his surreal lyrics that explore themes of his daily life, such as fast-food, bus lines, cultural trends and violent confrontations with super heroes. Amongst his biggest fans and advocates are Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, Die Goldene Zitronen, Urge Overkill and Foo Fighters, for many of which he also played as an opener. His music and drawings go hand-in-hand. They are intertwined and inseparable: "music is the willpower to my artwork", he sings in DJ Quik.

Willis' distinctive and complex works utilise drafting techniques learnt during his years sitting in on drawing classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology. With cars and buses in side and isometric views, his often soft coloured drawings explore the congested Freeway that connects Chicago's South Side with the city's Downtown. Artist Johannes Wohnseifer once wrote of Wesley Willis: "I would like to see Willis' work on paper in an exhibition with drawings by David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly, Ed Ruscha and H.C. Westermann. It would be obvious to all that his works are on par with theirs".

Willis died at age 40 in Skokie, Illinois.

Delmes & Zander first showed Willis' work in Germany in 2013 and has presented works by the artist ever since. The exhibition Rock'N'Roll Superhighway at Independent Brussels will be accompanied by a new publication on Willis by Benjamin Sommerhalder's Zurich-based publishing house, Nieves.

www.independenthq.com