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'15 years of psychoanalysis and still no God in sight' - SOPHIA SÜSSMILCH on view at MARTINETZ Cologne
 The title of Sophia Süßmilch’s exhibition is a parody of both the duration and the meandering path of psychoanalytic treatment – which also present an opportunity to say it all. At the same time, it alludes to a midlife crisis situation. In the face of ‘being halfway through life’, a mixture of serious comedy and comic seriousness runs throughout the exhibition that features new works by Süßmilch (*1983).

The photographic motif used for the invitation card, Niki de Saint Phalle hat mein Leben ruiniert (Niki de Saint Phalle ruined my life) (2022), depicts the artist carrying an enormous inflatable rhinoceros on her back, complete with her mother seated on its back. Süßmilch confronts the audience with female nudity in a non-conventional mother-daughter portrait, which is made even more compelling by the inflatable animal's resemblance to Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures. The question of the French artist's ‘ruinous’ influence remains unanswered: she became known for not only her partly aggressive, partly popular feminist works, but also for making the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father public. This has, however, not prevented the trivialisation of her works, turning them into museum gift shop items – perhaps this is where Sophia Süßmilch sees the greatest danger...

A performance by Sophia Süßmilch will take place during the opening evening, in which she will once again collaborate with her mother and in which the audience is also invited to participate.
Dr. Barbara Hess

MARTINETZ
12. Nov. 2022 – 23. Jan. 2023
Petra Martinetz, Moltkestr. 81, 50674 Cologne
www.petramartinetz.de
 
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IMAGE // Sophia Süßmilch, Niki de Saint Phalle hat mein Leben ruiniert, C-Print, 90x60 cm, Courtesy of the artist and MARTINETZ, Cologne
IMAGE // Sophia Süßmilch, Mysterious girl I wanna get close to you, C-Print, 60x40 cm, 2022, Courtesy of the artist and MARTINETZ, Cologne

STEVEN KLEIN (PHAIDON) - The first and only monograph on Klein, whose hyperreal and sexually charged images have captivated viewers for 30 years
One of the fashion industry's most cunning provocateurs, photographer Steven Klein has created many of the most iconic images of our time. Klein's photographs blur the line between fiction and reality, resulting in stunning tableaux that only exist within his fantastical worlds. Although his images include some of the most photographed people in the world, they disappear into the narrative of Klein's imagination.

The book includes images originally published in magazines such as Interview, W, Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, Vogue Hommes, i-D, among many others, and iconic faces such as those of Madonna, Brad Pitt, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West. Klein has worked with notable clients including Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, and Louis Vuitton. His work has also been exhibited at galleries and museums globally such as Deitch Projects, Gagosian, and the International Center of Photography, among others.

Edited by author Mark Holborn, this first survey of Klein's work showcases his extravagant, hyperreal creations and illuminates his singular vision.

Mark Holborn is an editor and book designer who has worked internationally with such diverse artists as Lucian Freud, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Issey Miyake, James Turrell, and William Eggleston. He edited the groundbreaking Full Moon, by Michael Light, documenting the nine Apollo moon missions, as well as books including Lucian Freud and Flora, both published by Phaidon.

Steven Klein, edited and with an essay by Mark Holborn
Price €175.00, Hardback Size: 356 × 305 mm (14 × 12 in) Pages: 464 pp Illustrations: 282 illustrations ISBN: 9781838665555
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IMAGE // STEVEN KLEIN (Phaidon)
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IMAGE // STEVEN KLEIN (Phaidon)

‘Very Private?’ Exploring themes of sex, intimacy, gender and identity at Charleston / Sussex (UK)

Two new exhibitions are opening at Charleston with the first ever showing of Duncan Grant’s erotic drawings alongside responses by six contemporary artists, and a solo presentation by Linder Sterling inspired by the history of Charleston and the Bloomsbury group.

Charleston is delighted to announce details of Very Private?, the first exhibition of Duncan Grant’s recently discovered erotic drawings, which will be shown for the first time alongside new contemporary responses by artists Somaya Critchlow, Harold Offeh, Kadie Salmon, Tim Walker, Alison Wilding, and Ajamu X. The exhibition will open alongside a new installation by artist Linder, Linder: A Dream Between Sleeping and Waking, which is a multimedia response both to the history of Charleston and the work of Duncan Grant.

Exploring themes of sex, intimacy, gender, and identity, Duncan Grant’s recently uncovered erotic drawings were produced during the 1940s and 50s, a period of persecution and oppression of queer bodies and culture from the authorities, when sex between men was still illegal in England. The drawings, long feared lost or destroyed, were donated to Charleston, Grant’s former home, in 2020.

A selection of over 40 of Grant’s drawings, of varying shapes and sizes, will be brought together alongside responses by contemporary artists. Photographer Tim Walker, who photographed Charleston for Italian Vogue in 2016, will create new works inspired by Grant’s erotic drawings. The artist, curator, archivist and activist Ajamu X is producing a series of photographs that reflect the different aspects of Grant’s work. ....



17 September 2022–12 March 2023
Charleston is based in the heart of the South Downs National Park in East Sussex, UK.
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IMAGE // ‘Very Private?’ and ‘Linder: A Dream Between Sleeping and Waking’ - Two new exhibitions are opening at Charleston with the first ever showing of Duncan Grant’s erotic drawings alongside responses by six contemporary artists, and a solo presentat