Galerie Thomas Schulte – Jonathan Lasker & Alice Aycock at the Gallery Weekend Berlin

Since it was established in 1991, Galerie Thomas Schulte’s ongoing focus has been placed on nurturing, supporting, and sustaining outstanding and inspiring artistic positions in international conceptual art spanning from the 1960’s to the present.

Galerie Thomas Schulte presents an exhibition with new paintings by the New York-based artist Jonathan Lasker (born 1948 in New Jersey City, NJ, USA). Lasker made use of the art world’s conceptual turn in the 1980s, engaging in new possibilities of painting, and so developing the abstract formal idiom that has come to characterize his oeuvre. Resisting the Lyrical Abstraction, Field Painting and Minimalist movements of the 1970s, Lasker saw himself confronted with the challenge of pictorial invention. As an answer to this quest, he devised a self-referential system using a vocabulary of sign-like shapes and colors. The formal language of his paintings is abstract, while the visual means range from simple line drawings to thick paste-like applications of paint. While Lasker mostly works with large-scale formats, he also explores smaller compositions. His small maquettes allow for precise attention to detail, which the artist subsequently reproduces in his large-scale paintings. Thus Lasker turns the organic, subjective and gestural pictorial idiom of painting into an increasingly intellectual process. Lasker’s work has been shown in exhibitions world-wide including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA P.S.1, documenta 9, Museo Reina Sofía, Stedelijk Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne, MUDAM, Luxembourg, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Hayward Gallery.

In the gallery’s Corner Space, a new large-scale sculpture Twister Grande(2019) by American sculptor and installation artist Alice Aycock (born 1946 in Harrisburg, PA, USA) will be unveiled. Much of Aycock’s work in both the public and private spheres has been a meditation on the philosophical ramifications of technology from the simplest tool (the arrowhead and the plow) to the computer. Many of her works incorporate images of wheels and turbines and references to energy in the form of spirals, whirlwinds, whirlpools and spinning tops. Her new work Twister Grandevisualizes the movement of wind energy and is related to a series of large-scale aluminum sculptures, which were first presented in a spectacular installation on New York’s Upper East Side in 2014 under the title Park Avenue Paper Chase. Coinciding with her installation at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Aycock’s work will also be shown in exhibitions at Sprengel Museum Hannover and ZKM Karlsruhe, and as part of the national garden show in Heilbronn. Aycock’s work can be found in the collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, LACMA, the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and many others. She first gained international recognition in 1977 with her contribution to documenta 6.

Galerie Thomas Schulte regularly participates in major international and local art fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Armory Show, ARCOmadrid, Gallery Weekend and Berlin Art Week.

Visible from afar because of its prominent Corner Space with the three large, arched windows, Galerie Thomas Schulte has become a well-known presence in the center of Berlin since 2006. Operating under the name Galerie Franck + Schulte until 2000, it was one of the first galleries to open in Berlin after Germany’s reunification and is renowned for its select, concept-oriented exhibition program.

Over the years, Galerie Thomas Schulte has exhibited with such cutting-edge artists as Bas Jan Ader, Richard Artschwager, Alighiero e Boetti, Daniel Buren, Chuck Close, Helmut Federle, Michael Heizer, Rebecca Horn, Magdalena Jetelová, Johannes Kahrs, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Mark Lombardi, Roxy Paine, Pipilotti Rist, and Robert Smithson.