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Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG
Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG

Josephsohn at Parasol Unit, foundation for contemporary art, London

«Visible Invisible: Against the Security of the Real»
Group exhibition with Cecily Brown, Hans Josephsohn, Shaun McDowell, Katy Moran and Maaike Schoorel.

November 25, 2009 to February 07, 2010

The parasol unit exhibition space is an important location for contemporary art in London. Each year, the privately funded institution mounts four exhibitions presenting the work of mostly young, promising, rising international artists. The press release on the group exhibition explains the subtitle of the exhibition – Against the Security of the Real – as follows: «The exhibition focuses on the work of four painters and one sculptor, all of whom take on the challenge of creating works that hover somewhere between figuration and abstraction. None of the works represent perceived reality; rather, they each constitute a world of their own. Understandably, the impulses and inspiration and resulting creativity of each artist are distinctly different, but seen together, these works share an indisputable material presence and an intriguing dynamism that prompts an active exchange between the viewer and the art work.»

Artists have always aspired to render also invisible forces visible rather than to simply depict external appearances. However, due to the development of the modern world and the corresponding, ever-increasing bombardment of imagery that we are confronted with everyday life, such artistic creation has become increasingly more demanding. Indeed, since Impressionism, modern artists have never stopped exploring the limits of ever-new means and techniques with which to express  the invisible. Theendeavors of several twentieth-century masters, such as Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Francis Bacon, and Cy Twombly, are testimony to this. The five artists whose works are shown in the exhibition «Visible Invisible» all work in this tradition and each carry it further in their own way.

The presentation of five works by Hans Josephsohn in the context of this exhibition at parasol unit has been made possible through the collaboration between Kesselhaus Josephsohn and Hauser & Wirth Gallery.