Merrill Wagner – Landscapes of colour

Worpswede contemporary
»Merrill Wagner – Landscapes of colour«
Große Kunstschau Worpswede
June 30 to November 3, 2019

The exhibition of Merril Wagner, born in New York in 1935, is her first institutional presentation in Europe since the exhibition held at the Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag in 1991.

Wagner likes to experiment with materials, investigating the interplay of colour, lines, form and space. She thus follows in the tradition of the minimal and concept art of the 1960s, which was based on the premise of denying any form of narrative. Yet Wagner’s abstractions are never cold but instead always refer to an elemental aspect. It therefore comes as no surprise that the artist also paints what could be considered postimpressionist landscapes. Wagner’s highly individualistic relationship between abstraction and naturalism also puts her works in a dialogue with Paula Modersohn-Becker and Ottilie Reylaender. The radical reduction inherent in these works forms a bridge to the exhibition of Norbert Schwontkowski being shown at the same time at the Barkenhoff.

Illustration: Merrill Wagner, Outerbridge Crossing, 1986, 4 pieces, 1-2 inches-acrylic and watercolor on slate