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Title

Centre Georges Pompidou


Artist

Andreas Gursky

Germany

15 Jan 1955 -


About

Since the early 1990s Andreas Gursky has digitally manipulated his photographs in order to gain more control over his images. This digital streamlining has resulted in an ever-increasing smoothness and flatness in his work, although the grid is often retained to provide structure. The eye is led across rather than into the composition, forcing the mind to puzzle over its content.

This is true of ‘Centre Georges Pompidou’. Here the open yet minimalist structure of the Renzo Piano-designed building is host to an exhibition of plans and models by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. Arranged on trestles and low plinths, none of the exhibits can clearly be seen. The people looking at the material are, as is usual in Gursky’s work, not engaged with the viewer. ‘Centre Georges Pompidou’ depends on the horizontal grid of the trestle tables and strip lighting above, reflecting the structures of modern life back to the viewer.


Details


Date

1995


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

type C photograph


Edition

2/2


Dimensions

103.7 x 198.0 cm image; 166.0 x 254.5 x 5.0 cm frame


Credit

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

357.2011


Artist information

Andreas Gursky

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Fiona Bradley, Images / Andreas Gursky, 1995, 13 (colour illus.).

Jean-Francois Chevrier, Why photography matters as art as never before, 'Tableau Form; Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Luc Dleahaye', pg. 143-190, 2008.

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 14 (colour illus.), 60. illustration is an installation view

Peter Galassi, Andreas Gursky, 2001, (colour illus.).

Martin Hentschel, Andreas Gursky works 80-08, 2008, 141 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 236, 240-41 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Parkett 44, Zurich, 1995, 94-95 (colour illus.).