Mirror, mirror: Lukas Duwenhögger

Text by Christabel Stewart

Tank _summer 16_mirrormirrorLukas Duwenhögger, Choreography for Three Men, Two Brooms, and Caution-tape, 1994. Collection Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard, Los Angeles. Photograph by Jean Vong

Born in Munich in 1956, Lukas Duwenhögger has been based in Istanbul since 2000. Working in collage, painting and drawing, as well as in sculptural proposals – most notably for a memorial to homosexuals killed under Nazi rule – Duwenhögger has established a fascinating queer chronicle within a knowing art-historical framework. The French artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz has commented of his work that “its very strangeness and wit are what gave it conceptual and ethical viability. A flotilla of riches – including a pastiche of devotional painting.” His current solo show Undoolay runs until 5 June at Artists Space in New York, and is open every day from noon until sunset. It will be the final exhibition to be held at the SoHo loft that has served as the gallery’s headquarters for 23 years: the building’s owner has decided to build a penthouse on the building. Which makes it timely that the not-for-profit, along with other outfits such as White Columns, Printed Matter and Sculpture Centre, is working with a group of art historians, activists and collectives on an exhibition examining the repercussions of gentrification in New York since 2000. A companion exhibition will take place at Raven Row in London from 30 June until 18 September 2016. §