The Promise of the 20th Century American Abstract Art

The Promise of the 20th Century American Abstract Art.
A lecture by Mark von Schlegell: The promise of 20th century American abstract art (case study: David von Schlegell)

The lecture will examine the work of Mark's father, twentieth century abstract sculptor David von Schlegell. Von Schlegell, a contemporary of Robert Morris and member of the "Park Place Group" of 1960s sculptors, is little known outside the U.S. The lecture will provide a survey of the surprising work as a case study of the development of abstract expressionism into minimalism and the history and possibilities of public sculpture in the American context.

The lecture The promise of 20th century American abstract art (case study: David von Schlegell) accompanies the exhibition Robert Morris. Notes on Sculpture, and simultaneously announces the conference on the artist’s oeuvre that will take place on the 16th of October combined with the promotion of the second volume of publication devoted to Hearing Robert Morris. Mark von Schlegell is working on a text that will be published in the third volume of the publication by and about Morris.

Lecture in English.
Admission free.

Mark von Schlegell, b. In New York in 1967. A critic and sci-fi writer, frequently combines fiction with criticism in his works. He is the author of the following novels: Venusia (Semiotexte, 2005), Mercury Station (Semiotexte, 2009) and Realometer: American Romance (Merve Verlag, 2009). His articles are regularly published in contemporary art periodicals such as Artforum and Parkett, as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues of The Whitney Museum in New York, L.A. MOCA in Los Angeles and Witte de With in Rotterdam.

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