Charlotte Posenenske

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Charlotte Posenenske
Born (1930-10-28)October 28, 1930
Wiesbaden, Germany
Died October 1, 1985(1985-10-01) (aged 54)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Nationality German
Known for Sculpture, Painting, Drawing
Movement Minimalism, Conceptualism

Charlotte Posenenske, née Mayer (1930–1985) was a German artist associated with the minimalist movement who predominately worked in sculpture, but also produced paintings and works on paper.

Career[edit]

Posenenske worked in a variety of mediums, her practice becoming more abstract through the course of the 1960s.[1] While other artists of the period worked in multiples, where a finite edition of a work could be produced, Posenenske worked in series, meaning that there was no limit to the editions. Posenenske rejected the commercial art market, offering her work for sale at its material cost. Reconstructions authorised by the artist’s estate are not replicas, and they are outwardly identical to the original prototype. Only the certificate differentiates the unsigned work from other commodities.

In 1968 Posenenske published a statement in the journal Art International referencing the reproducibility of her works, and her desire for the concept and ownership of the piece to be accessible:

I make series
because I do not want to make individual pieces for individuals,
in order to have elements combinable within a system,
in order to make something that is repeatable, objective,
and because it is economical.
The series can be prototypes for mass-production.
[...]
They are less and less recognisable as "works of art."
The objects are intended to represent anything other than what they are.[2]

Poseneske stopped working as an artist in 1968, no longer believing that art could influence social interaction or draw attention to social inequalities. She retrained as a sociologist and became a specialist in employment and industrial working practices until her death in 1985. During this period of self-imposed exile Posenenske refused to visit any exhibitions, and did not show her work.[3]

Work in Collections[edit]

  • Untitled, oil on paper, 1960, collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York[4]
  • Untitled, felt-tip pen on paper, 1965, collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York[5]
  • Untitled, spray paint on paper, 1966, collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York[6]
  • Sprayed Picture, gouache on paper, 1964-5, collection of Tate, London[7]
  • Prototype for Revolving Vane, particle board, 1967-8, collection of Tate[8]
  • Square Tubes [Series D], galvanised steel, 1967, collection of Tate[9]
  • Square Tubes [Series D], galvanized steel, 1967, collection of Tate[10]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012 Dasselbe anders, Düsseldorf, K21, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2012 Dasselbe anders/Immer dasselbe Charlotte Posenenske und Peter Roehr, Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 2011 Le même autrement-The same, but different, Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris, France
  • 2011 Charlotte Posenenske, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK
  • 2011 Charlotte Posenenske. Vierkantrohre, Reliefs, Faltungen und Arbeiten auf Papier, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2010 Charlotte Posenenske / Peter Roehr, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Zwitserland
  • 2010 Charlotte Posenenske, Artists Space, New York, US
  • 2008 Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, US
  • 2008 Charlotte Posenenske - Werke unter freiem Himmel, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
  • 2007 Charlotte Posenenske, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Germany
  • 2007 Charlotte Posenenske, Between Bridges, London, UK
  • 2005 Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Australia
  • 2005 Charlotte Posenenske - Retrospektive, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany
  • 2003 Galerie Konstantin Adamopoulos, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1999 Galerie ak, Programm Konstantin Adamopoulos, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1990 Museum für Moderne Kunst (at the Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst), Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1989 Garage of the City Hall, Stuttgart; Rotunda of the Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart
  • 1989 Central Station, Stuttgart (curator Werner Esser), Germany
  • 1989 Headquarter of the Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt am Main; Central Station, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1988 Central Market, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1986 Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne, Germany
  • 1986 Main airplane hangar, Lufthansa, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1986 Galerie Grässlin-Ehrhardt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1968 Galerie Art & Project, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1968 Galerie Dorothea Loehr, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1967 Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1967 Kleine Galerie, Schwenningen, Germany
  • 1967 Galerie Sous-Sol, Giessen, Germany
  • 1967 Galerie h, Hanover, Germany
  • 1966 Galerie Dorothea Loehr, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 1961 Galerie Dorothea Loehr, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012: Art House Wiesbaden: the same different / always the same: Posenenske and Peter Roehr
  • 2011: Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt am Main, exhibition: MMK 1991–2011. 20 years presence
  • 2010: Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt am Main, in the exhibition Radical Conceptual
  • 2010: House Structurally, Zurich
  • 2007 Documenta 12, Kassel[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Roberta. "Hands-On Reassembly in Stripped-Down Gallery". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Posenenske, Chralotte (May 1968). "Statement". Art International. no. 5. 
  3. ^ Pesch, Martin. "Charlotte Posenenske at Gallery AK, Frankfurt, Germany". Frieze Magazine. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "MoMA New York collection website". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "MoMA New York collection website". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "MoMA New York collection website". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tate Collection website". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tate Collection website". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tate Collection website". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tate Collection website". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "documenta 12 archive". Retrieved 12 February 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Renate Wiehager ed., Charlotte Posenenske, 1930 – 1985, Hatje Cantz, 2009. ISBN 9783775723633
  • Chralotte Posenenske, 'Statement', Art International, no. 5, May 1968.
  • Charlotte Posenenske/Peter Roehr: The Same Thing Another Way/Always the Same Thing, exhibition catalogue, Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, 2012. ISBN 9783942405850
  • Charlotte Posenenske: the early works, Distanz Verlag, 2012. ISBN 9783942405805