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Andreas Gursky, Cocoon II

Matthew Marks Gallery (24th)
523 West 24th Street, 212-243-0200
November 5 - December 24, 2008
Reception: Wednesday, November 5, 6 - 8 PM
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Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new photographs by Andreas Gursky, on view in his galleries at 523 West 24th Street and 526 West 22nd Street. The exhibition will include five large-scale photographs and is Gursky’s sixth exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery since 1997.

Gursky has long been interested in electronic music and for more than a decade his photographs of raves and concerts have made up an important part of his work. For his newest pictures, Gursky has photographed The Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, a famous German nightclub designed by his friend, the DJ Sven Väth. The club resembles a futuristic hive and two of the photographs on view depict nearly 1000 people dancing, watching and being watched. Two other photographs show the club emptied of its clientele, highlighting the unusual architecture. In one, the artist appears for the first time in a self-portrait with his son.

A photograph made in a coal mine near Gursky’s home in Düsseldorf, called “Hamm, Bergwerk Ost”, will also be on view. The photograph shows a locker room ceiling and the innovative way in which miners store their clothes. Founded in 1873, the mine extends to a depth of 1500 meters and employs 2500. Earlier this year it was announced that the mine will be shut in 2010 as part of a government plan to close all coal facilities by 2018 because it has become cheaper to acquire coal from abroad.
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