… Berlin 22 June – 1 September 2019
by KRISTIAN VISTRUP MADSEN
Darboven hated Richter’s paintings. So, at least, claims the title of a work by Heike-Karin Föll, which introduces her exhibition Speed, at Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Föll’s work, also a painting, about 1 metre x 1 metre, is from 2016, and shows a thick black line. It begins at the left edge of the picture about three-quarters of the way up, and loses force as it approaches the middle.
Whether Hanne Darboven hated Gerhard Richter’s paintings, I don’t know, but Föll asks the viewer to speculate. If so, it might have had something to do with how Richter portrayed history; solemnly, piercingly. Considering, for instance, his German landscapes, the Baader-Meinhof suite and the 48 portraits completed for the German Pavilion at the 1972 Venice Biennale, he did not necessarily lay claim to truth, but something about the concision of these works, their dedication, insinuates an aspiration, at least…