The work of Corinne Wasmuht calls into question painting's status in the digital age. Her panorama-like pictures depict futuristic science-fictional landscapes and structures the artist refers to as mirages. This catalogue features beautiful reproductions of Wasmuht's new and recent paintings, installation views and a conversation with Sabine Eckmann.
Alnitak showcases twelve recent and new works by the Berlin based visual artist Corinne Wasmuht. In an interview with Sabine Eckmann, the artist illuminates the complex relationship between her paintings and the digital era: how the overlapping worlds frozen within her mural-sized paintings originate in the collection, rearrangement and assembly of countless internet images. Wasmuht's new works, such as the eponymous Alnitak (named for the string of stars to the left of Orion's Belt) evidence the evolution of her work from typologies to cosmologies or, as she calls them, “parallel worlds.” Wasmuht's stunning paintings are beautifully reproduced and complimented by installation views as well as images of her artistic process.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Petzel Gallery, New York, from October 30 to December 19, 2015.
After being raised in Argentina, Corinne Wasmuht (born 1964, Dortmund, Germany, lives and works in Berlin) then returned to Germany where she studied at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. She currently teaches at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe. Wasmuht's work has been exhibited extensively in both Europe and the United States. Recent solo exhibitions include the Kunsthalle Nürnberg (2010) and Kunsthalle zu Kiel (2014). Wasmuht has received several distinguished awards among them the Art Award of the City of Offenburg (2011) and most recently the Käthe-Kollwitz Prize (2014). Her work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including the Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis (2011) and the 54th Venice Bienniale (2011). Her work is also in the permanent collections of the most important German institutions including the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Staedel Museum in Frankfurt, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Berlin's Nationalgalerie and the Von der Heydt-Museum.