GENZKEN, ISA

PUBLISHER
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

BOOK FORMAT
Clth, 9.5 x 12 in. / 315 pgs / 320 color.

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PUB DATE 12/31/2013
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CATALOG: FALL 2013 p. 47   

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ISBN 9780870708862 TRADE
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EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

New York
The Museum of Modern Art, 11/17/13-03/10/14

Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, 04/12/14-08/03/14

Dallas, TX
Dallas Museum of Art, 09/14/14-01/04/15

Prolific and epically diverse, Genzken is one of Europe’s most influential artists.

  

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Isa Genzken: Retrospective

Dedicated to Jasper Johns and Myself

Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Text by Sabine Breitwieser, Laura Hoptman, Michael Darling, Jeffrey Grove, Lisa Lee.

Featured image, "Empire/Vampire III, 13" (2004), is reproduced from <I>Isa Genzken: Retrospective</I>.
Isa Genzken is arguably one of the most important and influential female artists of the past 30 years, yet the breadth of her achievement--which spans sculptures, paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, artist’s books, films, installations and public works--is still largely unknown in the United States. Published in conjunction with the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s epically diverse body of work, this publication encompasses Genzken’s work in all media over the past 40 years and is the most complete monograph on the artist available in English. Genzken has been part of the artistic discourse since she began exhibiting in the mid-1970s, but over the last decade a new generation of artists has been inspired by her radical inventiveness. The past ten years have been particularly productive for Genzken, who has created several bodies of work that have redefined assemblage for a new era. The catalogue presents Genzken’s career, through essays exploring the unfolding of her practice from 1973 until today, as well as an expansive plate section that provides a chronological overview of all her most important bodies of work and key exhibitions.
Born in Germany in 1948, Isa Genzken is one of Germany’s most important living artists. In the mid-1970s, as a student at Düsseldorf’s renowned Kunstakademie, she created geometric wood sculptures, which gained her early international acclaim (she exhibited these works at Documenta 7 and the Venice Biennale in 1982). Since then, she has made sculptures in plaster, concrete and epoxy resin. Ranging in size from maquettes to monumental, these abstract works are influenced by Minimalism, but are decidedly narrative. Paintings that examine ideas of surface and light, as well as photographs, collages, artist’s books and films, followed in the 1990s. From the late 90s on, Genzken began to create increasingly complex sculptural installations.

Featured image, "Empire/Vampire III, 13" (2004), is reproduced from Isa Genzken: Retrospective.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The Art Newspaper

Julia Halperin

"Hers is a career in which she is constantly reinventing herself, and yet she remains very focused on architectural forms," Hoptman says. Raised in Berlin immediately after the Second World War, Genzken was fascinated by the destruction and construction of cities. " Her concrete sculptures look just like the rubble that was Berlin after 1945," Hopman says. But Genzken's work is not purely, or even primarily, autobiographical. It also deeply engaged with art history.

BookForum

Prudence Peiffer

As almost every rigorous essay here is at paints to point out, Genzken's oeuvre is as diverse as it is directed. How do we understand work spanning such a wide spectrum of material and meaning, work that, as Lee writes, is just as likely to reference Donald Duck as Donald Judd? In these pages we encounter post - Minimalism via giant "knitting needle" sculptures from the 1970s; photographs featuring the ears of strangers encountered on the street; the stunning Weltempfanger (World Receiver), 1987-1989, its radio antennas sticking out from mute concrete blocks; [...] Like the best of its genre, this catalogue makes one impatient to see the exhibition. Everybody needs her own view.

Details

Kevin Gray

[...] Among the nearly 150 works, it's Genzken's towering assemblages of found objects (from a metal dolly to plastic flowers) that best convey her acute inventiveness.

Art in America

Anne Doran

Even for those familiar with Genzken's art, the size and breadth of her oeuvre is likely to come as a surprise.

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/15/2013

Isa Genzken Retrospective: Dedicated to Jasper Johns and Myself

Isa Genzken Retrospective: Dedicated to Jasper Johns and MyselfThis detail of “I Love New York, Crazy City” (1995-96, in three books), is reproduced from Isa Genzken: Retrospective, MoMA's definitive catalogue (endearingly subtitled Dedicated to Jasper Johns and Myself) to the artist's traveling exhibition opening in New York this week. Sabine Breitwieser writes, "Genzken's oeuvre is distinguished by a constant inventiveness, a highly idiosyncratic artistic approach, and an unmistakable idiom within each of her diverse groups of work. Although she has veered off in new, unexpected directions at regular intervals, reviewing her work over the course of four decades reveals a surprising coherence, one rooted in the logic of her successive artistic choices as well as in the way in which her series, in all their remarkable heterogeneity, relate to one another. Individual works, or groups of work, appear as protagonists in an openended play, one in which personal, autobiographical, and fictional elements enter into a dialectic with techno-scientific principles and structural concerns in ways previously considered incompatible." continue to blog


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ISA GENZKEN MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Isa Genzken: Retrospective

ISA GENZKEN: RETROSPECTIVE

Text by Sabine Breitwieser, Laura Hoptman, Michael Darling, Jeffrey Grove, Lisa Lee.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9780870708862 | US $75.00

Pub Date: 12/31/2013
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Isa Genzken: Oil

ISA GENZKEN: OIL

Edited by Juliane Joan Rebentisch. Text by Vanessa J. Müller, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Liam Gillick.

DUMONT BUCHVERLAG

ISBN: 9783832177973 | US $59.95

Pub Date: 2/28/2010
Active | In stock


Isa Genzken: Open Sesame

ISA GENZKEN: OPEN SESAME

Edited by Iwona Blazwick. Foreword by Kasper Koenig. Text by Yves-Alain Bois, Ulrich Loock.

WALTHER KöNIG

ISBN: 9783865606105 | US $66.00

Pub Date: 8/31/2009
Out of print | Not available


Isa Genzken: I Love New York, Crazy City

ISA GENZKEN: I LOVE NEW YORK, CRAZY CITY

Edited by Beatrix Ruf.

JRP|RINGIER

ISBN: 9783905701098 | US $100.00

Pub Date: 1/15/2006
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Isa Genzken: Der Spiegel 1989-1991

ISA GENZKEN: DER SPIEGEL 1989-1991

Artwork by Isa Genzken.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783883756455 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 8/2/2003
Out of print | Not available


Isa Genzken: Catalogue Raisonné 1992-2003

ISA GENZKEN: CATALOGUE RAISONNé 1992-2003

Edited by Veit Loers and Beatrix Ruf. Essays by Diedrich Diederichsen, Vanessa Joan Müller and Josef Strau.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783883756882 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 8/2/2003
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Isa Genzken: Sie Sind Mein Gluck

ISA GENZKEN: SIE SIND MEIN GLUCK

Essays by Diedrich Diederichsen and Rita Kersting, Foreword by Karola Grässlin.

HATJE CANTZ PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783775790604 | US $24.95

Pub Date: 1/2/2002
Out of print | Not available


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