NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Stefan Bruggemann "Time" Painting (detail), 2015

Stefan Bruggemann “Time” Painting (detail), 2015

Hauser & Wirth will present an exhibition of new paintings by the Mexico City and London-based artist Stefan Brüggemann. Spanning – and sometimes combining – sculpture, video, painting, and drawing, Brüggemann’s work deploys text in conceptual installations rich with acerbic social critique and a post-pop aesthetic. This will fill the gallery’s East 69th Street townhouse with site-specific extensions of two of his best known, ongoing series.

On the gallery’s ground floor, Brüggemann will install “Headlines and Last Line in the Movies (Wall)” (2016), a new work for his signature series initiated in 2009. The installation will consist of the final lines of dialogue from such classic films as “Citizen Kane” (1941), spray painted onto contiguous mirrored panels and overlaid with headlines drawn from news stories published by major media outlets during the week in which the work is made. Brüggemann’s intention with this series is to juxtapose reality and fiction in a way that throws myths into high relief: In the era of instantaneous global communication and citizen journalism, the products of the news media and the movie industry are parallels and fraternal twins that reflect our culture’s desires while manipulating and distorting our comprehension of society.

On the gallery’s second floor, visitors will find “Timeless (69th Street, NYC)” (2016), the latest addition to another ongoing conceptual series by Brüggemann. It is Brüggermann’s anxious articulation of a contemporary society in which time has accelerated to the point at which it is no longer perceived as linear, and dissolves into abstraction.

Stefan Bruggemann Exhibition
Date: June 29th – July 29th, 2016
Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Sunday and Monday)
Opening party: June 29th, 18:00 – 20:00
Place: Hauser & Wirth New York
Address: 32 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021
Tel: +1 212 794 4970

Text: Aya Shomura

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