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Anselm Reyle

Meissen Debris Acropolis

October 17–December 16, 2011
Athens

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis

Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis

Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis

Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis

Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis

Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle: Meissen Debris Acropolis

Installation view, photo by Costas Picadas

Works Exhibited

Anselm Reyle, White Earth, 2010 Mixed media on canvas, steel frame, effect lacquer, 26 ⅜ × 22 inches (67 × 59 cm)Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, White Earth, 2010

Mixed media on canvas, steel frame, effect lacquer, 26 ⅜ × 22 inches (67 × 59 cm)
Photo by Costas Picadas

ANSELM REYLE Untitled, 2011 Porcelain in glass display 55 1/16 × 34 3/8 × 21 3/8 inches overall (140 × 87 × 54 cm), photo by Anselm Reyle

ANSELM REYLE Untitled, 2011 Porcelain in glass display 55 1/16 × 34 3/8 × 21 3/8 inches overall (140 × 87 × 54 cm), photo by Anselm Reyle

ANSELM REYLE Untitled, 2011 Porcelain in glass display 55 1/16 × 34 3/8 × 21 3/8 inches overall (140 × 87 × 54 cm) *Detail view, photo by Costas Picadas

ANSELM REYLE Untitled, 2011 Porcelain in glass display 55 1/16 × 34 3/8 × 21 3/8 inches overall (140 × 87 × 54 cm) *Detail view, photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Mystic Silver, 2009 Mixed media on canvas, steel frame, effect lacquer, 26 ⅜ × 22 inches, unframed (67 × 56 cm)Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Mystic Silver, 2009

Mixed media on canvas, steel frame, effect lacquer, 26 ⅜ × 22 inches, unframed (67 × 56 cm)
Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2011 Porcelain in glass display, 55 1/16 × 34 ⅜ × 21 ⅜ inches overall (140 × 87 × 54 cm)Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2011

Porcelain in glass display, 55 1/16 × 34 ⅜ × 21 ⅜ inches overall (140 × 87 × 54 cm)
Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2011 (detail) Porcelain in glass display, 55 1/16 × 34 ⅜ × 21 ⅜ inches overall (140 × 87 × 54 cm)Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2011 (detail)

Porcelain in glass display, 55 1/16 × 34 ⅜ × 21 ⅜ inches overall (140 × 87 × 54 cm)
Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2011 Bronze, chrome optics, patina, plinth with Macassar wood veneer, 31 ½ × 51 ¼ × 7 1/16 inches (80 × 130 × 18 cm)Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2011

Bronze, chrome optics, patina, plinth with Macassar wood veneer, 31 ½ × 51 ¼ × 7 1/16 inches (80 × 130 × 18 cm)
Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2011 Mixed media on canvas, 34 × 24 ⅞ × 2 ¼ inches, framed (86 × 63 × 5.5 cm)Photo by Costas Picadas

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2011

Mixed media on canvas, 34 × 24 ⅞ × 2 ¼ inches, framed (86 × 63 × 5.5 cm)
Photo by Costas Picadas

About

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Anselm Reyle.

Reyle finds inspiration in his immediate surroundings, from the typical Socialist architecture that dominates much of the landscape of post-war Germany to the flea-market finds signifying the growth of global capitalism. When making his art, he mines found objects from a profusion of cultural backgrounds; treating and displaying them equivalently and without further comment. By conflating all manners of extant social artifact with motifs from the annals of recent art history, he imbues them with new vitality and decorative allure, thus reinvigorating the dialogue about the role of modernism today.

For Athens, a modern city dominated by classical ruins, Reyle has created a series of specific works as a meditation on the fragment. Untitled white porcelain sculptures, displayed in velvet-lined vitrines, possess the aura and preciousness of museum objects. Closer scrutiny reveals that their parts are broken porcelain residues, salvaged and fused together into tenuous wholes. Produced at the historic Meissen porcelain factory in Germany, the pieces are double-fired in the manner of traditional handcrafted porcelain to produce a high luster. The purity of the porcelain finish, the sanctity of the display, and the traditional bourgeois connotations of the medium are at odds with forms created through the actions of accident and contingency.

Reyle provides background and context for these surprising new porcelain works with sculptures and paintings that are both typical and specific. Comprised of materials such as acrylics, glitter, mirrors, and collaged and painted metal objects, these techno monochromes abound with references to iconic abstractionists, from Kenneth Noland to Otto Freundlich. In Mystic Silver (2009) fragments of debris are metamorphosed with the application of holographic lacquer to create unprecedented abstract visual harmonies within a monochrome aesthetic, while the pearlescent, tactile White Earth pays homage both to the Achromes of Manzoni and the constructed monochromes of Klein.

Anselm Reyle was born in 1970 in Tübingen, Germany and lives and works in Berlin. His work is included in major international collections including Boros Collection, Berlin; DaimlerChrysler Collection, Germany; Rubell Family Collection, USA; and Francois Pinault Collection. Recent solo exhibitions include "Ars Nova", Kunsthalle Zurich (2006); "Licht und Farbe", Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany (2004); and "Acid Mothers Temple", Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany (2009).

Ο Anselm Reyle γεννήθηκε στο Τούμπινγκεν της Γερμανίας το 1970. Ζει και εργάζεται στο Βερολίνο. Τα έργα του αποτελούν μέρος σημαντικών διεθνών συλλογών, μεταξύ των οποίων οι συλλογές Boros (Βερολίνο), DaimlerChrysler (Γερμανία), η συλλογή της οικογένειας Rubell (Η.Π.Α.), και η συλλογή Francois Pinault. Στις πρόσφατες ατομικές εκθέσεις του συμπεριλαμβάνονται η «Ars Nova» στην Kunsthalle της Ζυρίχης (2006), η «Licht und Farbe» στη Neuer Aachener Kunstverein στο Άαχεν της Γερμανίας (2004), και η «Acid Mothers Temple» στην Kunsthalle του Τούμπινγκεν (2009).