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Wagenfeld, Wilhelm
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Germany in 1900, he died in 1990.

Wilhelm Wagenfeld was a German industrial designer, teacher and printmaker. He began his education at several German drawing academies, and studied silver working, engraving and design before being admitted to the Bauhaus’ metal workshop, in Weimar, in 1923. For his school’s final exam, in 1924, Wagenfeld created what would become his most famous design: the Bauhaus Lamp WG 24. One year later, he became a teaching assistant for the metal workshop at the Staatliche Bauchochschule, which replaced the Bauhaus, and then directed the same workshop until 1930. At that time, he started collaborating with industrials and eventually created his own agency, creating designs in glass, porcelain and metal, like tea services, kettles and lamps. His design are characterized by their functionalism; Walter Gropius, the legendary director of Bauhaus, even described his work as a perfect application of the idea of socially responsible work promoted by Bauhaus.

 

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Wagner, Mark
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1976 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Mark Wagner’s creations include drawings, collages, assemblages and writings. In whatever media he works with, he tends towards meticulous production and solid graphic presentation. For him it is essential that concept and craft should both be strong in his artworks. Wagner is mostly known for turning money paper into artworks; he has transformed one-dollar bills into pictures of people, plants and scenes in which he reproduces the effects of painting, tapestry, mosaics, and engravings.

 

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Waldach, Brigitte
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1966 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Brigitte Waldach engages herself in a multimedia project called Sichtung – rot (searching - red). In her drawings, always made with crimson red on handmade paper, she focuses on space and figure. Her imagery has clear references to theater and cinema, but also literature and philosophy. Waldach’s use of the highly symbolic red colour helps to reinforce the mood of an intense psychological space. Her interest lies in the mixing and overlapping of different levels of reality, of truth and fiction, memory and imagination. Besides drawing she also creates site-specific works, installations and photography.

 

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Walker, Kara
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1969 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Kara Walker is best known for her black cut-paper silhouettes, but she also works with video, paintings and texts. Her oeuvre explores highly charged themes such as power, suppression, sexuality, racial differences and slavery’s painful history. The artist picks up images from history books that she transforms using the silhouette technique. The combination of historical facts and fantasy creates fascinating and sometimes shocking installations. Walker’s work raises questions about racial prejudices and sexuality that still play a major role in contemporary life.

 


 
Warhol, Andy
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1928 in the USA and died in 1987.

After graduating, Andy Warhol moved to New York where he became a successful illustrator. In the late 50’s, Warhol began to devote more energy to painting. He made his first Pop paintings, which were based on comics and ads, in 1961. The following year marked the beginning of Warhol’s celebrity. He debuted his famous Campbell’s Soup Can series, which caused a sensation in the art world. Shortly thereafter he began a large sequence of movie star portraits, including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor. Warhol was a prolific artist, producing numerous paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings through the 70’s and 80’s.

 

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Wathen, Richard
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1971 in England. Lives and works in Norfolk.

Combining personal references with art historical ones, Richard Wathen paints portraits imbued with a strange sense of discomfort: they seem recognizable, yet strange and unfamiliar. He depicts a wide range of figures – from children and adolescents, to adult women and old men – all against a monochromatic background and often holding curious things or animals. The apparent simplicity of his images conceals unexpected meanings and raises questions. Wathen constructs his portraits using fragmented memories and found images. He considers every portrait like self-portraits, as all these constructed characters somehow represent pieces of his own history.

 


 
Watson, Albert
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "Femininity 0.1" September - December 2011

Born in 1942 in Scotland, he lives and works in New York.

Albert Watson studied graphic design, film and television. Though photography was just a hobby at the beginning, he has made his mark during the last four decades with fashion work for publications like Vogue and Rolling Stone. He has created advertising campaigns for corporations such as Gap, Revlon and Chanel. Watson also devotes time to his personal projects, with images from his travels and interests. His visual language follows his own distinctive rules and concepts of quality. Watson’s way of lighting subjects - especially fetish objects - and portraits, creates in his photographs a meditative atmosphere.

 

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Weber, Marnie
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1959 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Marnie Weber’s work – which includes photography, sculpture, installation, video, collage and performance – is made up of strange and melancholic creatures with surprising costumes evolving in a marvelous but yet perverted world. She is inspired by cinema, fairytales, surrealism, and popular American imagery. Through her work, Weber always tries to interfere with the spectator’s expectations, as the Surrealists did.

 

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Weir, Mathew
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1977 in England. Lives and works in London.

Densely loaded with diverse visual and literary references, Mathew Weir's paintings and sculptures examine slavery, mental illness, sexual and racial stereotypes issues as well as representations of ideas relating to death. The iconography of his paintings draws on a very specific tradition of eighteenth and nineteenth century decorative art, the ceramic figurine. These figurines offer highly ornate and stylized representations of a diverse number of historical, fictional and fantastical figures, from political nobles to novel’s characters. In Weir's paintings, these objects are animated within rich, often powerfully, delicate and textured backdrops to realise their symbolic potential.

 


 
Wekua, Andro
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1977 in Georgia. Lives and works in Zurich and Berlin.

Andro Wekua’s body of work is grounded in the exploration of human experience through the subtle intersections of individual and collective memory, personal identity and history. Encompassing different media – like painting, collage, sculpture and film – his creations combine Eastern and Western aesthetics. Mostly inspired by his childhood reminiscences, he ponders ideas on the fact that the past is always distorted by the subjectivity of memory.

 


 
Wesley, Eric
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

 Born in 1973 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Eric Wesley often uses decrepit materials in his works, which can take the form of sculpture, painting, drawing or architectural model. His creations convey a humorous take on the world.

 


 
Williams, Sue
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in the USA in 1954, he lives and works in New York.

Sue Williams earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in 1973. She has since become known as a feminist artist, creating politically engaged art on themes like gender, the female body, domestic violence, sexual obscenity, sexual violence and sexism against women. Williams is also known for her more abstract, colorful paintings, some of which depict human organs. More recently, her work was inspired by geopolitical themes like the war on terror and the threats of everyday life.

 

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Witkin, Joel Peter
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013, "Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1939 in the USA. Lives and works in New Mexico.

 Joel Peter Witkin studied Art, but it was during his military service that he began to photograph. After 1976, he began to take photographs inspired by old masters’ paintings, particularly by scenes of the Christian religion (martyrs, saints, vanities) or by mythology. He cuts, draws on the negatives and treats them in order to alter aspects of the reality that he does not wish to see in the final result. With his photographic canvasses, Witkin engages a meditation about death, the reality of body and flesh, sexuality and the dark side of each person. His images are sometimes hard to look at, with their hybrid beings, compositions and transformations of dead flesh in morgues, deformed or amputated bodies.

 


 
Wohnseifer, Johannes
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1967 in Germany. Lives and works in Cologne and Erfstadt.
 
Johannes Wohnseifer’s creations – sculptures, paintings, installations, and photographs – explore political topics and refer to modern German history, often mixing fact and fiction. The artist appropriates brands and design elements that he personalizes adding other levels of meaning.

 

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Wols
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1913 in Germany and died in 1951.

Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze is better known by the pseudonym Wols. Painter, draughtsman, photographer and illustrator, he is considered as one of the pioneers of Art Informel and Tachisme movement. His paintings were executed in an informal, gestural style, with paint applied in layers, often by means of dripping and with scratches made into the surface. The resulting works have a tremendously expressive, if disturbing, power. In 1933 he moved to Paris, where he met many artists associated with the Surrealist movement that would influence his work. At the outbreak of World War II Wols was interned for 14 months. During this period he concentrated on producing ink drawings. Wols also wrote poems and aphorisms that expressed his aesthetic and philosophical ideas.

 


 
Woodman, Francesca
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in the USA in 1958, she died in 1981.

Francesca Woodman’s body of work consists of several hundreds of black and white photographs taken mostly during her time as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, and on study and family trips in Italy. The subject of these photographs is often the artist herself, posing naked in front of the camera. Inspired by Gothic fiction, Man Ray and Deborah Turbeville, Woodman’s photographs show her experimenting with composition and light to create intimate self-portraits, on the border between performance and photography. Woodman’s career as a photographer ended abruptly in 1981, when she committed suicide at the age of 22. Yet she is considered, today, as one of the most important and most original artists of her generation.

 

 
Wurm, Erwin
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015,
"Lightness?" january - march 2012


Born in Austria in 1954, he lives and works in Vienna and Limberg.

Known for his humorous approach to art, Erwin Wurm addresses everyday life with his sculptural creations, while also seeking to distort and layer reality. Following in the tradition of Duchamp’s readymades, he likes to transform common objects into sculptures. His art establishes a link between material change and a psychological perspective. Wurm also likes to encourage the spectators to interact with his sculptures through written instructions.

 

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