Residency bei MASS MoCA

Im Juni 2017 bin ich Resident bei The Studios at MASS MoCA, einem Atelierprogramm unter der Leitung von MASS MoCA’s Assets for ArtistsWährend der Residency bereite ich eine Ausstellung vor, die im Herbst dieses Jahres vor im Bostoner Goethe Institut eröffnet. 

Das Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art liegt in North Adams im Westen von Massachusetts. Mehr Info here.

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In his installation TAL at the Lunder Center’s Spotlight Gallery, German-born painter Wilhelm Neusser invites us to walk through a landscape located between past and present. An array of paintings encourages our eye to wander and visually map numerous terrains. Embedded in dark green, evoking a 19century salon, the landscapes unfold their painterly topographies. The installation’s title, TAL – the German word for valley, also hints at the different points of view from which the installation can be experienced, either as a panorama from the Atrium’s balcony or up close on the lower level. While TAL assembles multiple outlooks, the large canvas “Bonjour” merges similar aspects in a single scene. Noticing first the encounter of two hikers – quotations from Gustave Courbet and Carl Phillip Fohr – our eye is then drawn into a wide landscape, paraphrasing the golden light of 19century Romanticism. In contrast to the idyllic motif, the rough painterly treatment and palette evoke melancholy, thereby questioning the idea of an ideal landscape.
 
In Neusser’s work the specific industrial and agricultural character of the Western German countryside stands in for a notion of landscape in which disappearance and development, nostalgia and progress go hand-in-hand. The area is flat; the sun sets behind power plants behind endless fields of sugar beets. Due to the expansion of strip mines in what is Europe’s largest coal reserve, the land’s surface is constantly transformed. In sharp contrast to such an aggressive and ‘real’ transformation of an actual landscape, the tradition of 19century German landscape painting favored an ideal scene, one ‘frozen’ in time in glowing sunlight. Late Romanticism produced stunning vistas carefully constructed in order to stabilize and domesticize the direct experience of nature. These landscapes purposefully and playfully obscured the brutality of the wilderness and the nascent threat of the industrial revolution, praising instead an eternal sublime.
 

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In summer 2016 the amazing Jim Kiely​ conducted an interview with me in my studio. I am thrilled to see our conversation published in one of New England's leading art magazines, Big Red & Shiny​. Jim Kiely is a writer, jazz enthusiast, proponent of local artists and co-owner of 13Forest Gallery. Read the full Interview here.

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Fokus Albrecht Dürer

Wintersemester 2015. Besuch mit Harvards German CA Kurs im Art Study Center der Harvard Art Museen. Im Fokus stand Albrecht Dürers Druckgrafik inklusive der Meisterstiche im Vergleich mit Beckmann, Corinth und Heckel. Eine großartige Erfahrung!

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Stipendium für Vermont Studio Center

Für Juli 2015 erhält Wilhem Neusser ein Stipendium des  ARTIST’S RESOURCE TRUST, Massachusetts für das Vermont Studio Center,einer internationalen Residency für Künstler und Schriftsteller in Johnson, Vermont. 

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Druckgrafik 2013

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Publikationen und Kataloge

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Druckgrafik 2010 

Die Grafikwerkstatt All Allong Press in Saint Louis, USA gibt zwei Drucke von Wilhelm Neusser heraus.

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