Friday, 25 March 2011

Anselm Kiefer at the White Cube Hoxton

Anselm Kiefer is a favourite artist of mine, mixing different media's such as paint, photography and sculpture with all manners of material to communicate an always poignant voice. This particular exhibition held at the White Cube in Hoxton, is called 'Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen', (The Waves of Sea and Love), is from a play by the nineteenth-century Austrian writer and poet Franz Grillparzer. The play re-tells the classical myth of Hero, the Greek priestess, and Leander, her lover, who swam the Hellespont every night to be with Hero but eventually drowned. Kiefer's exploration is wonderfully executed with many sea scape scenes fully mangled in the brilliant Kiefer stylings. The destruction of the images speaks volumes for the conclusion of the myth. With the exhibition showing in a part of town known for it hip fashion crowds, who knows what young designer or stylists might find this inspiration. 

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