Oliver Kielmayer (Ed.)
In his first extensive solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Winterthur (2015), titled 1:1, London-based Canadian artist Shaan Syed (b. 1977) pictorializes the concept of the empty stage. Produced by the artist in conversation to the exhibition, Catalogue is a combination artist book / survey of Syed’s large-scale wall paintings and drawings referencing minimalist greats such as Sol LeWitt and Ellsworth Kelly and the word- based works of the outrageous London-based artist David Shrigley. Small-scale color reproductions of over one hundred works presented in catalog format are accom- panied by an insightful essay on the artist’s work by curator Oliver Kielmayer. It is no coincidence that Syed’s formal compositions sometimes resemble abstract versions of Indian tantric paintings, serving neither as instruction nor decoration but as a stimulus for entry into the spiritual sphere—a concept that corresponds to early 19th-century ideas of artistic autonomy and emphasizing the intrinsic value of the image as aesthetic experience.
9 x 11 ½ inches / 128 pp / 318 color
Retail Price: $42.00
KUNSTHALLE WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND