Invitation to the opening of
Thomas Kellner Black & White
Saturday 23 October 2021 at 8 pm
On display will be black and white tableaux works. With Black & White, Thomas Kellner invokes his origins as an artist and the origin of photography itself, black and white photography. Those familiar with Kellner's work know that the majority of his published photographs are known for their intense interplay of light and color. This was not always the case, as Kellner has a black and white past.
At a time when many artists are turning back to black-and-white photography, Thomas Kellner is also looking back to his roots ten years later. The little published works in black and white reflect the beginnings of Kellner's career, when he finally found his unique, multi-perspectival and deconstructivist visual language in 1997: the composite image either as a multiple exposure on a negative (1993-1998) or as a sequential montage on a contact sheet of roll and 35mm film.
From an initial sketch about the Eiffel Tower as a tribute to Robert Delaunay and Orphism in Paris, Kellner's turn to architecture and increasingly complex compositions begins. Timeless images of a reformulated language oriented toward Cubism emerge. In his early black-and-white photographs, Kellner focuses on the structure itself. The relationship between object and pictorial form is at the center of the viewer's attention.
Thomas Kellner was born in Bonn in 1966. He studied art, sociology, politics and economics at the University of Siegen. In 1996 he received the Kodak Young Artist Award, which encouraged him to pursue a life as an artist. Since that time, Kellner has lived in Siegen as an artist and curator of photographic exhibition projects. In 2003 he was appointed to the German Society for Photography (DGPh). Since 2002, his work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Germany, Australia, Russia, China, France, Poland, Denmark, Brazil, and in the United States, and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions and publications. Various works are represented in important private and public collections.
2020 AMA, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C., USA (G)
Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Germany (G)
2019 Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía, Almería, Spain (S)
Museo Nacional da República, Brasília, Brazil (G)
2018 Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia (E).
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (G)
2017 Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik, Iceland (S)
The Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, England, UK (S)
The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, UK (G)
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA (G)
2013 Metenkov House Museum of Photography, Yekaterinburg,
Russian Federation (S)
The Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, USA (G)
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA (G)
2012 Lishui Museum of Photography, Lishui, People's Republic of China (S)
2006 Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, USA (S)
Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (S)
2004 The Art Institute of Chicago (G)
2003 Rosenberg & Kaufman, New York, USA (S)
2002 Musée de Grenoble, France (G)
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, USA (S)
Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, UK
George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
Library of Congress, Washington, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Photography Museum of Lishui, People's Republic of China
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
“These photographs are as sensational as the sights are worthy of being seen.” Glüher, Gerhard (Übersetzt von: Cumbers, Pauline) Monumente. Arnold, Burkhard u. Danne, Rainer u. in focus Galerie am Dom, Köln u. Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, 2001, Druckhaus Locher GmbH Köln/ Iserlohn, page 8
Thomas Kellner – Black & White
October 23 – December 3, 2021
Galerie Nieser, Stuttgart, Germany
Galerie und Fotowerkstatt Nieser
70597 Stuttgart, Germany
Friday 4–6 pm
Saturday 10 am–12 pm
and by apointment
+49 711 7656719
Thank you Norbert Nieser for this wonderful collaboration. I am looking forward to many more events and a good business as well for both of us.