Dialogue of photography and painting

Two female German artists touch the delicate line between reality and imagination

Jana Dettmer, Red Connection II

(c) Jana Dettmer, Red Connection II

The exhibition FATA MORGANA at Dettmer art projects, Cologne/Germany, presents works by the artists Monika von Eschenbach and Jana Dettmer. Both are professional artists and successful as well as architect (Eschenbach) and as lawyer (Dettmer). Fata Morgana generally means a phenomenon of reflection, which is suitable to deceive our senses with illusions. It touches the delicate line between reality and imagination. Under this onomatopoeic term, the two artists have come together to relate their works from different artistic positions.

Jana Dettmer, abstract painting

(c) Jana Dettmer, abstract painting

Jana Dettmer is dealing with the longing and search for meaning for the unknown in us and the inner essence of matter. She sees a great opportunity to tackle this quest in exploring colour. For her, colour is not only  a means of creation, but as a discovery of the previously invisible. Accordingly, her works are almost entirely characterized by the minimalism of pure colour and their almost infinite mixing ratios. Her approach to dealing with colours takes into account both aesthetic and scientific aspects and their psychological effects on people.

Monika von Eschenbach, Fata Morgana - The abandoned chair, detail

(c) Monika von Eschenbach, Fata Morgana - The abandoned chair, detail

Monika von Eschenbach, Zora 2 | Zora 3

(c) Monika von Eschenbach, Zora 2 | Zora 3

As an artist, Monika von Eschenbach has been treading new paths in the field of photography and the three-dimensional border crossing for decades. The possibility of thinking at all and being able to be artistically active in any case presupposes a space that is kept free from norms and forms the basic prerequisite for the origin of innovations. This space is limitless and can initially be located in mind. The task of art is to transfer new thinking in learned - that means in old - forms and then to redesign them independently. Exceeding dimensions create an irritating game of perception for the viewer, as the human eye always wants to focus.

KunstStücke by Dettmer | art projects
15, Stammheimer Straße
50735 Cologne

Vernissage: June 10th, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Exhibition: June 10th, 2021 - July 1st, 2021
Due to the currently applicable Corona protective measures, a visit to the exhibition is only possible with prior registration by email to: contact (at) janadettmer.com, for the vernissage please specify a desired time slot between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

An exhibition catalogue (German texts) is published in collaboration with Dettmer art projects, Artforum Culture Foundation and Winter Foundation
at ArtForum Editions:
Jana Dettmer. Abstract colourfield painting. The art of liberation. | Monika von Eschenbach. Fata Morgan. About grasping reality.
Edited by Peter Merten, 2021
The catalogue is available during the exhibition or can also be purchased online on request.

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PUBLICATIONS AND GRAPHIC EDITIONS

ArtForum Editions – Books and Graphics

ArtForum Editions is an imprint of the non-profit Artforum Culture Foundation,  started in the mid-90s. The main subject is creating publications and graphic edition In collaboration with artists, charitable foundations and international projects. As an independent institution, ArtForum Editions can pursue goals outside the mainstream and promotes independently avantgarde tendencies. Limited  books and catalogue-editions are published in collaboration with different partners, a.o. with MarcMan Graphics.

One of a few long-term projects was dedicated to a Philosophy of Photography. In 2020 a book in two volumes by the German-Greek art theorist Orestis Safiriou will finally published: Geglaubte Wahrheiten (Believed Truths).  Using the life and work of the conceptual artist and photographer Heinz-Günter Mebusch (1952-2001) the book is going far beyond the personal aspect. It is a unique philosophical parkour, undertaken into the realms of knowledge and belief. The publication was made possible by using  manuscripts from ArtForum archive. First edition will be published in German. An English edition is in preparation.

A further long-term project is dedicated to the late Swiss artist photographer Vera Isler (1931 - 2015). Together with the Art-Nachlassverwaltung in Bern/Switzerland,  Artforum Culture Foundation is managing photographic portfolios of significant cultural heritage. A highlight of the collection are the hundreds of ultimate portraits of the important artists from the second half of the 20th century. Artforum Editions has published catalogues and editions, a monograph is in preparation.

Under the aka Art Production (AP) Astra, an artist pool of well-known and unknown artists was established outside their own artist brand in the early 1980s with the aim to create independently symbiotic art for young collectors. This commitment had become necessary due to the limitations that artists are often confronted inside the market activities. Over the years, a common line developed, in which visual appeal and content form a popular form. AP Astra became one of the favorite creators of graphic editions.

Great projects have been associated with crossover talent Michael Jansen for many years. Beuys already became aware of his artistic talent when he invited him to joint projects (see a.o. their collaborated work in the Lichtenstein Art Museum, Vaduz). Among the many cooperated publications are: Zeichen (signs) , Assemblagen, 2004, MetroMusic. Accompanied by an extensive series of graphic works, the volume OptiMystic Vitamins was recently published with pictures that were brought to light by Jansen from the wonder worlds of artistic fantasies. For the estimated viewer these images are a chance to become a life companion, both in private and in public space.

Another great artist, who collaborate for many years with ArtForum Editions is the painter, sculptor, graphic artist and filmmaker Heinz Zolper. He became famous  through creation of the “Dame” motif as a big icon for women and gender equality. But generally his icon is a symbol and motivation for love and respect. Just in his early years he was cooperating with Andy Warhol, both admired each other's personality and work. Graphics by Zolper have been published over the last years exclusively by ArtForum Editions. Recently a few book publication were published by ArtForum Editions:   Safiriou, Magic of painting / or / What it's like to be yourself.  Paintings by Heinz Zolper 1979 - 2019 and Safiriou, Zolper. Kain – Prinzip des Bösen i principle of the Evil. Both books were edited by Peter Merten  and published in limited editions, some with graphic supplements.

A monograph of Georgios Bouzians and his contribution to German and European expressionism has been in preparation for years. Numerous images from private collections will provide a vivid picture of this artist who was formerly active in Greece, France and Germany.

The importance of Greek artists and art mediators can no longer be ignored in the history of modern art. A project about a compendium on the importance of Greek modern and contemporary art had started in the early 1990s. It will due for publication in conjunction with an updated artist dictionary.  Just to say a few names: the influences of Zervos and Teriade on classic modern art are as much a fact as e.g. the influence and support of Alexander Iolas to modern and popular art (from Magritte to Warhol). Greek artists like Gyzis, Parthenis, Bouzianis, Ghikas, Gaitis, Tsarouchis, Akrithakis or Kounellis have left also lasting impressions.

However, art has no borders. It speaks it’s own language. The  American star photographer George DuBose pointed this out very clear, when he said: I speak music (milao musiki). He has gone  to photograph and design more than 300 album and single covers for such diverse artists as the Ramones, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, XCLAN, RunDMC and Melissa Etheridge. In 2009, the New York Times said "DuBose is one of the most important album designers in the past 40 years". Bonafide Magazine (UK) called DuBose: "The Godfather of Hip Hop Photography", Grand Slam Magazine (UK) called DuBose: "Hip-Hop's most recognizable photographer.  For 2020 four art-calendars were published in cooperation with Wonderland Publishing, New York, as limited (signed and numbered) artist editions: George Dubose - Photography. Limited calendar - editions: My Best Shot. Rockers and New Wave artists I Old School Hip-Hop I Tom Waits I Madonna ... Raw. A very early concert. Further book and photo-editions will follow in close cooperation.

It is a simple truth: Artists and their art need support. That's the reason ArtForum Editions publishes graphic editions as well as art catalogues and monographs on art. ArtForum Editions is giving as well advise to talented and established artists who are looking for an art-historical and art-philosophical discussion of their art and help to realise projects.

 

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COLLECTION

Preserving  cultural heritages
and promoting art for our future

From the beginning on the founders and supporters of Artforum Culture Foundation started an art collection of international and the most recognized Greek Artists, especially also those, who had to place their career abroad. Italy, Germany, France and USA where a few places where many Greek artists could develop their own style and where they let great contributions to art history.  They have left behind a cultural contribution that has not yet been sufficiently appreciated. Not only artists but also art mediators such as Christan Zervos (a.o. for Picasso)  and Teriade (a.o. for Miro, Matisse, Chagall)  or art consultant Alexander Ioalas (galleries, collector and promotor for Andy Warhol, René Magritte, Roberto Matta, Ed Ruscha, Jean Tinguely, Yves Klein, Jannis Kounellis, Takis, Victor Brauner and Niki de Saint-Phalle a.o)..  have also played a decisive role in shaping European and American art history.

Collection of Greek art

Today within our private collection, which is also open for public purporses, are most of all important Greek artists from the late 19th to the end of the 20th century, like: Nikolaos Gyzis, Georgios Iakobides,Nikophoros Lytras, Symeon Sabbides,Georgios Bouzianis, Konstantin Parthenis, Konstaninos Maleas, Odysseas Fokas, Jannis Tsarouchis, Jannis Moralis, Nikos Hadhikyriakos-Ghikas, Spyros Papaloukas, Giorgio de Chirico, Fotis Kontoglou, TheodorosStamos, Alekos Fassianos, Diamantis Diamantopoulos, Nikos Engonopoulos, Giannis Gaitis, Panayiotis Tetsis, Jannis Spyropoulos, Mario Prassinos, Dimitris Mytaras, Kostas Karas, Pavlos, Thodoros, Alexis Akrithakis, Jannis Kounellis, Ioannis Bardis, Angelos, Dimitris Geros and many more with over 500 works.

International art

In the focus of Artforum collection are as well recognized and emerging artists like Marc Tobey, Le Corbusier, Frans Masereel, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, James Lee Byars, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, A.R. Penck, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Allan Jones, Fernando Botero, Leon Fontana, Heinz Zolper, Michael Jansen, Joe Brockerhoff, AP Astra, Peter Merten, B Good, Helmut Newton, Mel Ramos, HA Schult, Gerhard Richter, Herman de Vries, Heinz-Günter Mebusch, John C.B. Moore, Vera Isler, George DuBose, Monika von Eschenbach, Helmut Tollmann, Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat,  Antoine Verglas, Alex Katz, Kaws, Sigmar Polke, Tom Wesselmann, Christo, Jeff Koons – and works by artists from many European countries, Russia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Turkey, UAE, African countries and South- and Middle America.

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