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Astrid Klein

German, b. 1951

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Astrid Klein

German, b. 1951

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For more than three decades, Astrid Klein has been deeply engaged in the relationship between text and image. In 1972, she began writing down thoughts about literary, aesthetic, philosophical, and scientific essays that she had read. Eventually she began combining her own text with text by other writers, which she then incorporated into her paintings. For example, in Broken Heart (1980) Klein used excerpts from Arno Schmidt’s Zettels Traum (1970), juxtaposing the text with sexualized images of women from movies and porn magazines from the 1960s and '70s. Klein has continued the dialog in more recent work with her large-scale neon sculptures and light installations. The typography, overlaid elements, and blurring refer to the archaeological layers of thinking and perception, of memory and oblivion, and of the difference between self-awareness and subconscious thought.

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Deichtorhallen Hamburg
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New Museum, and 4 more
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Biography

For more than three decades, Astrid Klein has been deeply engaged in the relationship between text and image. In 1972, she began writing down thoughts about literary, aesthetic, philosophical, and scientific essays that she had read. Eventually she began combining her own text with text by other writers, which she then incorporated into her paintings. For example, in Broken Heart (1980) Klein used excerpts from Arno Schmidt’s Zettels Traum (1970), juxtaposing the text with sexualized images of women from movies and porn magazines from the 1960s and '70s. Klein has continued the dialog in more recent work with her large-scale neon sculptures and light installations. The typography, overlaid elements, and blurring refer to the archaeological layers of thinking and perception, of memory and oblivion, and of the difference between self-awareness and subconscious thought.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more