READING ROOM FOR THE WORKING ARTIST
From January 28 to March 18, 2005. Opening on January 28 at 4:00 pm.
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Reading Room for the Working Artist, the result of several years spent collecting, selecting and assembling visual and textual material related to modern art and culture, straddles the boundaries of artistic and curatorial practice. Inspired by Aleksandr Rodchenko’s 1925 Workers’ Club, created for the Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes de Paris, Angela Grauerholz’s installation consists of reading room furniture, a film projection and a series of twelve books containing a wide range of documents (press cuttings, letters, book covers, postcards, reproductions, and artworks). It invokes the idea of the Gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork), the central artistic concept for most of the artists and authors to which the installation refers – Duchamp, Warhol, Borges, Benjamin, Malraux, Zweig, etc. –, all of whom attempted to achieve a synthesis bewteen art and life. Bringing together various aspects of Angela Grauerholz’s practice, Reading Room for the Working Artist recounts a somewhat utopian yet thoroughly personal history of art and of artists. The installation permits a retrospective look at the very substance of the artist’s methodology, her artistic production, and her reflective process.
Biographical Notice Angela Grauerholz was born in Hamburg, Germany, and has lived in Montreal since 1976. She has been teaching at UQAM’s École de design since 1988. She is a co-founder of Artexte, a contemporary art information centre located in Montreal. Her works have figured in numerous solo exhibitions, notably at the Blaffer Gallery, Houston (2003), the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2002), the Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland (1996), and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (1995). She has also participated in such international events as the Biennale de Montréal in 2002, Carnegie International in Pittsburgh in 1995, Documenta IX in Kassel in 1992, and the Biennale of Sydney in 1990. Angela Grauerholz is represented by the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto and by Art 45 in Montreal.
credit : Michel Brunelle