Apr 21–Jul 31, 2006

Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne

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Make Your Own Life, 2006

Make Your Own Life: Artists In And Out Of Cologne, 2006, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

In the 1980s and early ’90s, the German city of Cologne was one of the most important centers for contemporary art in Europe, if not the world. With its many galleries, artist run-spaces, and artist bars, the city assumed a kind of mythological dimension, a place where artists came to show, sell, socialize, and distinguish themselves and their work on levels symbolic and real. Bringing together over 25 artists from Cologne, Los Angeles, New York, London, and Berlin, Make Your Own Life explores one of the defining legacies of this time: the privileging of the artist’s life and context as a basis for understanding artistic practice. The open question of how one makes one’s art in relation to a set of communities, histories, market conditions, and social attitudes was at the core of the Cologne scene. It was fiercely debated; dramatized in exaggerated behavior, art works, and exhibitions alike; and it contributed greatly to the impression that Cologne was a place of extreme self-consciousness and audacity.

This exhibition travelled to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.
Bernadette CorporationMerlin CarpenterStephan DillemuthMichaela EichwaldFilmgruppe WestAndrea FraserKim GordonGareth JamesMike KelleyMartin KippenbergerJutta KoetherMichael KrebberLouise LawlerHans-Jorg MayerLucy McKenzieChristian Philipp MullerNils NormanAlbert OehlenStephen PrinaJosephine PrydeBlake RayneReena SpaulingsJosef StrauRosemarie TrockelCosima von BoninCharline von HeylChristopher WilliamsChristopher WoolMake 1Make 2Make 3Make 4Make 5

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Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne looks at the mythic and art historical significance of the Cologne art scene, one of the most important centers for contemporary art during the 1980s and 1990s. Includes essays by Guest Curator Bennett Simpson, Associate Curator at ICA, Boston, Joseph Strau, and artist roundtable excerpts.

Dimensions
8.25 x 11.5 in.
ISBN
0884541088
Pages
96
Binding
Softcover
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania
Year
2006
$15.00
ISBN 0884541088
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Joseph Strau
Authors
Joseph Strau
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania
Price
$15.00
ICA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson for the exhibition catalog. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI), funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts, and to Patsy and Karl Rugart for their support. Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania. ICA is also grateful for inkind support from Loews Philadelphia Hotel.