In Present-Day Art
Archaic and loaded with meanings: a new survey of masks in art
1st edition, 2019
Text English / German
312 pages, 181 color and 18 b/w illustrations
24 x 32.5 cm
In cooperation with Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau
Masks evoke scenes of carnival or African tribal rites, we may be thinking of death masks of famous people, theatre and fashion, cosplay, disguise, and of protection. They represent some of the most ancient and most controversial objects of our cultural history. Today’s artists look beyond the mere object, they are interested also in the social, cultural, and political meanings of masks.
This book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau in fall 2019, explores their appearances in contemporary art. Artists at all times have been attracted by masks and their symbolism. Through works by distinguished Swiss and international artists and concise texts the book demonstrates manifold approaches to the topic of masks.
With contributions by Yasmin Afschar, Daniel Berndt, Hendrik Bündtge, Emily Butler, Wendy Chang, Michelle Cotton, Peter Fischer, Claire Hoffmann, Olivier Kaeser, Melitta Kliege, Susanna Koeberle, Elsy Lahner, Leo Lencsés, Bettina Mühlebach, Lena Nievers, Lucia Rey, Hermant Sareen, Jörg Scheller, Madeleine Schuppli, Angela Strecken, and Thomas D. Trummer.