Monday, March 1, 2010


Marco Breuer: Principles of Extraction

December 1, 2008
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Pollock Gallery in Hughes-Trigg Student Center

"Breuer, a professor at Bard College and the recent recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, was featured in the cover story of the March 2008 issue of ARTNews as a leader in the increasingly popular movement of abstraction in photography. He has made camera-less photographs since the early 1990s, creating images through direct manipulation of the photograph’s surface. He has published and exhibited widely in the United States and Germany and is represented in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The accompanying exhibition catalogue includes a conversation between Breuer and Carter Foster, curator of drawings at the Whitney Museum. Breuer also will speak at the Meadows Museum at SMU on Nov. 6 as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series."

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Minneapolis Institute of the Arts (MIA)

New Pictures 2: Marco Breuer

Pan (C-362), c. 2005
Chromogenic paper, scratched

Spin (E-197), 2008
Cyanotype on Fabriano paper

New Pictures 2: Marco Breuer
Abstract images in this new exhibition invite us to ponder: “What is a photograph?”
By David E. Little, curator and head of Photography

"THE ACT OF MAKING a photograph involves some fundamental procedures that seem essential, such as pointing the camera, framing the image, and clicking the shutter. But few would include scraping, burning, shooting, embossing, sanding, abrading, cutting, and composting (yes, composting). That is, unless they are German artist Marco Breuer, whose abstract photographs will be featured in the exhibition "New Pictures 2: Marco Breuer," opening Thursday evening, February 18, 2010, in the Perlman Gallery (262) at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA).

Breuer’s experimental artworks ask us to consider the question: What is a photograph? While few artists or writers would claim to have the definitive answer, most would include a camera and a representational subject in the discussion. Breuer removes both the camera and the traditional image. Instead, he strips photography to its essential materiality, and presents photographs that reveal physical actions on the surface of light-sensitive paper."

Read full M.I.A. blog entry at New Pictures

M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center

Marco Breuer: Circa 1999

Untitled (Alc.) 2000 

"Marco Breuer: Circa 1999 will present a solo exhibition of photographs made with non-photographic by this German-born artist who now resides in New York. Breuer subjects photographic papers to all kinds of abuse, attacking them with belt sanders, razor blades, red-hot heater coils, and mold. The subsequent chemistry of the paper meeting the developer results in an indexical image of the event that has happened to the paper, with often startlingly beautiful results.

Breuer’s work has been recently on view in exhibitions at New York's Museum of Modern Art, The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, and the Ansel Adams Center and the Museum Of Modern Art, both in San Francisco.
The presentation of Circa 1999 is funded in part by Goethe-Institut Boston."

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