Thomas Demand is one of leading German artists of his generation. In 2009 he had a solo exhibition at the prestigious Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin and Demand invited Adam Caruso, who designed our building, to create the exhibition's unusual backdrop.They have collaborated on many projects to
Demand, who lives in Berlin and Los Angeles, is presenting a new series of photographs for the first time at Nottingham Contemporary. Found when Demand was researching the archives of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, they show models for buildings by the Californian modern architect, John Lautner. The models are a far cry from the sleek, futurist buildings themselves.
Demand's beautiful photographs seem organic, as they scrutinize the worn, physical models from different angles and distances. Close-up, the models look almost abstract, recalling the history of Modernist painting and sculpture Picasso's metal reliefs from his Cubist period, for example, or abstract painting of the 1950s.
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