Monday, March 14, 2005
Contemporary art thriving in Berlin
We've been looking for some great contemporary art that builds on the Abstract Expressionists' work and there is very little work out there that makes you go "Wow!". Byron Kim is one artist that we've purchased and begun to follow since his retrospective at the Berkeley Art Museum and an accompanying exhibition at the amazing Hosfelt Gallery. Seems like a lot is happening when it comes to contemporary art in today's Berlin according to this New York Times story (registration required):
"Nobody works in Berlin," he said, picking up his book again. "Everyone's either an artist or a politician."
It's an old tune, bohemia, and Berlin has heard it before, notably during the Weimar Republic. Lou Reed and David Bowie lived in Berlin during the 1970's and sang about its degenerate charms, as Brecht and Weill had celebrated them in the 20's.