Günther Wizemann

The Black Garden

Reflection and self-awareness: Günther Wizemann's impressive Black Garden series.

 

Title Information

With essays by Giorgia von Albertini and Florian Vetsch

1st edition

, 2017

Text English and German

Hardback

158 pages, 75 color and 1 b/w illustrations

20 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-550-7

Content

Günther Wizemann’s series The Black Garden comprises forty-three paintings created between 2003 and 2013. Strongly influenced by the Russian modernists Kazimir Malevich and Aleksander Rodchenko, Wizemann has long mulled the question of what one could possibly paint in the aftermath of the modernists. Italian artist Mario Merz’s statement-making installation, Che Fare?, which sought to push the boundaries of art beyond traditional painting and sculpture, has been equally influential on Wizemann’s practice. The Black Garden was created as a possible response to these questions.

Published as a collection for the first time, the paintings that make up The Black Garden are the result of long artistic processes that involves layering oil and resin to produce an inner and an outer image on the canvas. They are accompanied here by essays that place the series—Wizemann’s largest to date—within art historical context and reveal literary connotations along with formal and conceptual relations, ranging from the Renaissance to Wizemann’s contemporaries. Wizemann is a fascinating figure in Switzerland’s art scene, and this richly illustrated book offers an accessible introduction to his most recent work.

Authors & Editors

Giorgia von Albertini

, born 1992, lives and works in Switzerland as a scholar of art history and a freelance curator.

Florian Vetsch

, born 1960, is a grammar school teacher in St. Gallen, Switzerland, who also works as a writer, translator, and editor.

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Cover

Günther Wizemann, Opium I (for my mother), 1977, oil on canvas, 55 × 46 cm

Günther Wizemann, Martinez Hacienda (groundplan), Taos, New Mexiko, 1990/1991, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 100 × 50 cm

Günther Wizemann, Black Poppy I (The Black Garden), 2003, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 113 × 70 cm

Atelier, Günther Wizemann, Camellia japonica (Natura morta), 2003, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 200 × 250 cm, photograph: Heinz Köppel

Günther Wizemann, Cherry Blossom Festival at Biwa Lake (The Black Garden), 2004, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 100 × 50 cm

Günther Wizemann, Black Diamond (The Black Garden), 2005, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 70 × 53 cm

Günther Wizemann, The Asik Dancer (The Black Garden), 2005, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 70 × 53 cm

Günther Wizemann, Untitled (The Black Garden), 2007, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 53 × 43 cm

Günther Wizemann, Untitled (The Black Garden), 2007, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 50 × 40 cm

Günther Wizemann, Untitled (The Black Garden), 2010, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 70 × 53 cm

Günther Wizemann, Untitled (The Black Garden), 2010, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 80 × 50 cm

Günther Wizemann, Mica I (The Black Garden), 2011, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 150 × 120 cm

Günther Wizemann, Helleborus niger (The Black Garden), 2012, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 90 × 70 cm

Günther Wizemann, Untitled (The Black Garden), 2013, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, 53 × 43 cm

Atelier, 2013, reflection, photograph: Günther Wizemann

Atelier Günther Wizemann, 2016, with still life by Giovanni Segantini, undated, oil on canvas, 45,5 × 30,5 cm (private collection), photograph: Heinz Köppel

 

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