David Zwirner is pleased to participate in ART COLOGNE for the seventh consecutive year. Artists presented include Josef Albers, Carol Bove, Stan Douglas, Marcel Dzama, William Eggleston, Lucio Fontana, Suzan Frecon, Isa Genzken, Richard Hamilton, Yayoi Kusama, Sherrie Levine, Heinz Mack, Oscar Murillo, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch, Michael Riedel, Thomas Ruff, Al Taylor, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cy Twombly, Franz West, Christopher Williams, and Jordan Wolfson.
In addition to his inclusion in the gallery's presentation, Michael Riedel has been invited to create a work for the fair’s premier commission. Since the late 1990s, Riedel (b. 1972) has advanced his own model of a self-sustaining artistic production, continuously using reproductions as a means to "reintroduce the art system into the system of art which occurs in the art world." He recycles his own material and copies from other artists, highlighting any degradation of information that happens in the process as integral aesthetic by-products. While his practice shares a stylistic affinity with Pop and appropriation art, it represents a departure from the issues of mechanical reproduction that preoccupied earlier generations. Rather, his work embraces the idea of transfer, which is unique to the digital age.
For ART COLOGNE, Riedel will create a site-specific work which intervenes in the architecture of the fair. In the entrance hall, he will stage an installation based on his recording of a meeting in which the fair's committee members determined the galleries that were accepted or rejected from participating in this year's edition. Using a computer program, the artist has created a graphic pattern from the transcription of the recording, isolating the letter L. "By emphasizing and enlarging this letter," he explains, "an automatism gets under way, which defines both the composition of the entire text and the L-shape of the spatial installation."
Entitled L, the work comprises wallpaper with the graphic pattern that extends onto the floor and unfolds into an L-shaped booth. By presenting new paintings that feature the context that led to this year's fair, Riedel highlights the binary nature of his forms, which in this case are made out of accepted and rejected gallery applications.
L forms part of a series of art fair interventions by the artist that include David Zwirner's booth at Open Space 2006, an alternative venue then operated alongside ART COLOGNE, Art Statements at Art Basel in 2006, and the Armory Show in New York in 2012.