SOMETHING ALREADY EXISTS
23 November 2018 until 12 January 2019
Chris Newman straddles worlds as an artist with no qualms about engaging with all types of media. He describes himself as “more of an intermediary”: he is not so much interested in the final product, but in art as a process that still retains its open and dynamic nature. His work relies on the intensity of personal expression and on an artistic immediacy that is directly related to life itself; to his life, which provides him with a template for being human. Newman wants to free art from artifice and return to the core of perception: he is not preoccupied with the integrity of the medium, of painting or music, of style or art history. Instead, he wants the perception itself to become concrete. The work of art is a catalyst for an existential experience of life.
Despite this impression of immediacy, however, the high proportion of compositional considerations in his works should not be underestimated. After completing his Bachelor of Music at the renowned King’s College in London, he moved to Germany in 1980 to study under Mauricio Kagel at the Cologne University of Music. Since then he has been invited to numerous festivals for contemporary music. It was not until 1989 that he took up painting, for many years strictly limiting his colour palette – mostly to red, white, black and brown.
In the pictures on display, the things surrounding him in his own life become the object and with them the fragility and familiarity of the individual space that sustains us.
Chris Newman, born in London 1958, lives and works in Berlin.
Opening on Friday 23 November 2018, 7-9 pm
The artist will be present.
Due to limited space a reservation is needed till November 21, 2018. Please contact us at email@example.com or call us: +49 (0)30 – 4508 6878.
Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 1 – 6 pm, Sat: 11 am – 3 pm
CHRIS NEWMAN AT 10 YEARS ‘VIDEOART AT MIDNIGHT’
14 – 16 December 2018
Cinema BABYLON, Berlin-Kreuzberg
10 Years – 100 Artists – 100 Movies:
Ulf Aminde | Yuri Ancarani | Julieta Aranda | Marc Aschenbrenner | Michel Auder | Yael Bartana | Bewegung Nurr | John Bock | Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz | Martin Brand | Ulu Braun | Klaus vom Bruch | Erik Bünger | Candice Breitz | Filipa César | Chicks on Speed | Chto Delat | Christoph Draeger | Phil Collins | Alice Creischer | Pauline Curnier Jardin | Keren Cytter | Antje Engelmann | Shahram Entekhabi | Köken Ergun | Annika Eriksson | Theo Eshetu | Simon Faithfull | Christian Falsnaes | Harun Farocki | Omer Fast | Fischer & el Sani | Christian Friedrich | Dani Gal | gelitin | Christoph Girardet | Niklas Goldbach | Delia Gonzalez | Douglas Gordon | Manuel Graf | Andy Graydon | Assaf Gruber | Isabell Heimerdinger | Benjamin Heisenberg | Kerstin Honeit | Christian Jankowski | Sven Johne | Hiwa K | Anja Kirschner | Knut Klaßen | Cyrill Lachauer | Annika Larsson | Armin Linke | Melissa Logan | Dafna Maimon | Antje Majewski | Melanie Manchot | Lynne Marsh | Bjørn Melhus | Eléonore de Montesquiou | Matthias Müller | Chris Newman | Bettina Nürnberg & Dirk Peuker | Marcel Odenbach | Stefan Panhans | Philippe Parreno | Mario Pfeifer | Oliver Pietsch | Agnieszka Polska | Ulrich Polster | Reynold Reynolds | Mario Rizzi | Mathilde Rosier | Anri Sala | Eran Schaerf | Erik Schmidt | Jeremy Shaw | Maya Schweizer | Amie Siegel | Andreas Siekmann | Pola Sieverding | Martin Skauen | Hito Steyerl | Guido van der Werve | Joep van Liefland | Safy Sniper | Vibeke Tandberg | Mathilde ter Heijne | Rebecca Ann Tess | Wolfgang Tillmans | Clemens von Wedemeyer | Ming Wong | Shingo Yoshida | Katharina Zdjelar | Stefan Zeyen | Tobias Zielony
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