Scarcely Able to Stand
Fine threads delicately stretch from the white blossoms of a bouquet of flowers across the exhibition space. This is, in fact, a living installation, one that changes with every visit, as petals wilt and the musty smell of decomposing greenery fills the gallery air. German artist Heike Beyer’s contemplative works allow us to “feel immediate welcoming kindness rather than vanitas,” states Catrin Lorch in his review of the installation at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. This hybrid artist book cum catalog documents this site-specific work created only for the exhibition. Beyer’s works are not just about the subject of decoration or the transience and deception of beautiful appearances. Rather, her interest lies in the process of transformation: how forms change as they decay, how memory fades and what remains. Included is a text from Documenta XIII organizer Christine Litz and an interview with curator Kasper König.
Softcover / 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches / 80 pp / 25 b&w and 50 color
Retail Price: $39.95
MUSEUM FÜR NEUE KUNST FREIBURG, GERMANY