Published by Moderne Kunst Nürnberg. Edited by Konrad Bitterli. Text by Konrad Bitterli, Hubertus Butin, Roland Wäspe, John Waters, Harald Welzer.
Karin Sander’s Patina Paintings are created at--and by--the site of their exhibition. Sander transports blank canvases to the exhibition venue and leaves them outside, unprotected, to accumulate the patina of their location as chance and the whims of nature determine. The results are delicate abstractions resembling the mark-making of John Cage or Cy Twombly. This handsome monograph records the series.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Gudrun Inboden. Essays by Friedrich Meschede, Kathrin Elversävamberk and Max Wechsler.
Testing and stretching the definition of conceptual art to its very limits, Karin Sander's site-specific installations blend into their respective contexts so completely that they often lurk on the border of perceptibility. Since 1985, Sander has been minimally intervening into the architecture of the museum and gallery setting, inserting wall pieces and fabric spaces, floor works, viewing boxes, and peepholes that challenge the viewer's role and explore the intersection between art and the public realm. One well-remembered intervention, installed in 1994 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, found strategically placed circles of Astroturf in the lobby and sculpture garden, and painting-sized squares of wall throughout the building polished to a high-gloss.