Thomas Struth: New Works
New York, 24 West 57th Street
In the North Gallery, the artist will continue his analysis of contemporary science and technology. The South Gallery will offer an entirely new subject matter and mode of representation in Struth’s oeuvre.
During the past fifteen months, the artist worked at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. In the Institute’s own words: “We study the diversity of life histories and evolutionary adaptations and their limits (including diseases) of free-ranging and captive wildlife species, and their interactions with people and their environment in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
These striking new works, precise and sensitively rendered, represent the artist’s pictorial stance in a surprising new manner. They draw on a range of antecedents, from Struth’s recent photographs of medical settings to the history of memento mori. In choosing subjects from the naturalist domain and in presenting specimens of earthly mortality, Struth touches on the dignity of life itself, our humanist tradition, and evolutionary questions:
The works in the North Gallery continue the artist’s investigations into our modern day technological and cultural reality and are comprised of stunning large-scale works. Taken in Houston, Berlin and Munich, his images take us from the NASA’s Johnston Space Center to Siemens’ high voltage laboratory, from MMM’s medical modelling program to IABG’s testing facility for air and space, security and defense assemblies. Probing the architectural and pictorial depth of the realm in which knowledge, ambition and imagination cooperate, Struth brings us in intimate relationship with the mental complexity of our world.
On view through December 22, 2017