until 02.09. | #3111ARTatBerlin | Galerie feinart berlin presents from 5th August 2021 the exhibition “Wildbahn Berlin 2004-2021. 17 years of photography of the Berlin art scene by Jan Sobottka”. After 17 years of documentation in galleries, art associations and museums, Jan Sobottka’s photographic oeuvre brings together artists of all generations, professions, phases of life, types and it applies to everyone: they are the faces of Berlin. With 18 original works by the portrayed artists.
In the first Corona winter of 2020, Jan Sobottka designed a special exhibition project for his photographic work as a documentarian on the Berlin art and culture scene. In cooperation with the young, up-and-coming Berlin gallerist Maria Wirth, the project will be realized for the first time in August 2021 under the title “Wildbahn Berlin” in the feinart berlin gallery.
After 17 years of documenting the opening of exhibitions in galleries, art associations and museums, Jan Sobottka’s photographic oeuvre brings together artists of all generations, professions, phases of life and types: actors, visual artists, photographers and writers. Unforgettable names next to the young, unknown, seeking ones. The big stage next to life beyond the curtain. And the same applies to all of them: together they are the faces of Berlin.
The exhibition has two thematic focuses: on the one hand, artist portraits, in addition to which some of the artists show original works. On the other hand, Jan Sobottka’s works with models can be seen that he developed in private, more intimate space beyond the public sphere.
Participating artists: C.D. Aschaffenburg, Roger Ballen, Horst Bartnig, Manfred Carpentier, Michael Dressel, Angela Dwyer, Samira Freitag, Hermann Kleinknecht, Gertrude Köhler, Colette Lumiere, Gerhard Mantz, Elisabeth Masé, NÄNZI, Wolfgang Petrick, Gérard Waskievitz and Maria Wirth | From the private property of Jan Sobottka: unique pieces of Alexander Kluge and Jonathan Meese
The Photographer Jan Sobottka
He became known through his documentation of the Berlin art scene and its protagonists, which has been continuously developed for 17 years. He photographed exhibition openings in Berlin galleries, art associations and museums and portrayed numerous artists in their studios. Sobottka usually works with lighting situations available on site. It is his aim, wherever possible, to take photos with natural light. He looks for the unique look, characterizes his counterpart in a typical pose and, like the old masters of the Renaissance, prefers a modeling light guide in front of a clearly separated image background. As an academically trained painter and draftsman, sensitively and iconographically trained, he uses the design principles of painting in photography.
Jan Sobottka studied painting, art education and art science at the University of the Arts in Berlin and graduated in 1981 under professor Wolfgang Petrick as a master student. With the painter’s trained eye, he turned to portrait photography from 2004 and built up an extensive and freely accessible online image archive with around 50,000 images of the Berlin art scene over the years: www.catonbed.de
Publication about work with the model LaTour: Jan Sobottka, Kitchenwork, Verlag seltmann& söhne, 2016, 64 pages.
Represented in the exhibition by photos: Roger Ballen, Georg Baselitz, Frieder Butzmann, Dahlia Nyx, Kunstkontakter, Sontje, Lucy, Manfred Carpentier, Beat Presser, C.D. Aschaffenburg, Angela Dwyer, Rainer Fetting, Manon, Manfred Borchert, EVA und ADELE, Jonathan Meese, Jonas Burgert, Will McBride, Patti Smith, Bruno Ganz
Vernissage: Thu, Fri, Sat 5./6./7. August 2021 every day 5:00 to 9:00 pm
Event: Friday, 6. August 2021, 6:00 pm: BAZON BROCK: Art beyond the market, that is art
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Since capitalism only exists as an ideology, because it has largely eliminated the market as a regulatory element through extorted subsidies, the art market also only supplies unfounded ideology instead of aesthetic criteria. In any case, since at least 1965 the interest of art buyers has been determined by the fact that whoever buys is exempt from any justification. Since then, buying art has meant that one can escape the obligation to aesthetic knowledge and judgments by buying it, even with a highly praised one.
Exhibition period: Thursday, 5th August to Thursday, 2nd September 2021To the Gallery
Image caption title image: Jan Sobottka, „Laurent & LaTour“, 2020 © www.catonbed.de
Exhibition Jan Sobottka – Galerie feinart berlin | Zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin – Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin