William Christenberry - Disappearing Places
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- 30 x 20 cm, 168 pages
- Published by Richter Verlag, Bilingual edition
- Language: German/English
Born in 1936 in Alabama, Christenberry shares with William Eggleston the distinction of being a major figure in contemporary art that focuses on the American South, but whose work rises above merely portraying a particular region of the US. Many of the issues Christenberry has grappled with, such as rural displacement, economic stagnation, and racial prejudice, transcend any particular geographic area. If Alabama-born artist William Christenberry regularly engages with the countryside of his home state, with the artlessness of the rural idyll, and the local architecture and its relationship to space, then his multimedia installation,the so-called Klan Room, takes this discourse one step further, deeper, and darker.The room, a continuously evolving work-in-progress consisting of a mass of sketches, paintings, sculptures, found objects, and photographs, addresses the subject of violent repression and racist persecution in the United States, and reveals Christenberry's critical reflection on myths and power symbols. Disappearing Places focuses as well on the artist's greater body of work, individual photographs, paintings, sculptures, and drawings, as well as his assemblages and material collages, which underline the poetic power of everyday found objects.