June, 30th - November, 3rd 2019
Große Kunstschau Worpswede
Lindenallee 5, Worpswede
The exhibition of Merrill Wagner, born in New York in 1935, is her first institutional presentation in Europe since the exhibition at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in 1991. Wagner experiments with materials and explores the interplay of color, line, form and space. In doing so, she follows a tradition of Minimalism and Concept Art of the 1960s, for which it was necessary to deny all narrative. But Wagner's abstractions never become cool and always retain a reference to the natural. So it is not surprising that the artist is at the same time doing post-impressionist landscape studies. In her very own relationship between abstraction and nature reference, Wagner's works also enter into a dialogue with Paula Modersohn-Becker and Ottilie Reylaender. In their radical reduction, they develop a simplicity that can also build a bridge to Norbert Schwontkowski's parallel exhibition in Barkenhoff.