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Johannes Kahrs

German, b. 1965

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Johannes Kahrs

German, b. 1965

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Claiming, “I prefer working with one image, distilling it down,” Johannes Kahrs produces paintings and drawings that mimic photographs and film stills to question the veracity of all images. Working with photographs and films culled from mass media, popular culture, and his own archives, he crops, blurs, and shifts perspective, honing in on some details while excising others, to dissociate the images from their original context. What remains are ominous moments that seem stilled just before or after a climactic event. In Untitled (figure with star) (2007), a woman’s upraised arms and blond hair edge the left side of the composition, against a black background in which buildings are barely visible. In this, as in all of Kahrs’s works, viewers must fill in the narrative from these fragmentary clues, as we do with filmic or photographic images—albeit less consciously.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Manifesta, and 2 more
Biography

Claiming, “I prefer working with one image, distilling it down,” Johannes Kahrs produces paintings and drawings that mimic photographs and film stills to question the veracity of all images. Working with photographs and films culled from mass media, popular culture, and his own archives, he crops, blurs, and shifts perspective, honing in on some details while excising others, to dissociate the images from their original context. What remains are ominous moments that seem stilled just before or after a climactic event. In Untitled (figure with star) (2007), a woman’s upraised arms and blond hair edge the left side of the composition, against a black background in which buildings are barely visible. In this, as in all of Kahrs’s works, viewers must fill in the narrative from these fragmentary clues, as we do with filmic or photographic images—albeit less consciously.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 2 more