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Nick Z and Kai Althoff

Gladstone Gallery (24th Street)
515 West 24th Street, 212-206-9300
May 5 - June 16, 2007
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Living and working in Germany, Althoff creates imaginary environments in which paintings, sculpture, drawing, video, and found objects commingle. Borrowing from moments of history, religious iconography, and counter-cultural movements, the evocative context is propped upon narratives simultaneously arcane yet familiar, at once deeply personal yet universal. Often collaborating with fellow artists, Althoff will work with Nick Z, a Brooklyn-based graffiti artist, for this exhibition.

As curator Nicolas Baume wrote in his catalogue essay accompanying Althoff’s recent solo exhibition “Kai KeinRespekt (Kai NoRespect)” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston: “To `feel it all’ for Althoff, is to explore the manifold possibilities of human subjectivity and the complex range of emotions, responses, and beliefs that enable life to go on, even under great duress… Althoff’s literary imagination does more than describe its protagonists; it inhabits the characters he creates. Their visual rendering is a form of enactment through which their stories are allowed to unfold.”
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