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A very interesting catalogue on Wolfgang Tillmans’ exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm can be downloaded as a pdf here.

Here is an excerpt of Skinningrove, the new short film about Chris Killip, directed by Michael Almereyda (who previously directed the documentary William Eggleston in the Real World) . The film won this year’s non-fiction jury award for short films at the Sundance Film Festival.

“On Contemporary Photography: An Afternoon with Alec Soth and Siri Engberg”
Cranbrook Art Museum

Ed Ruscha, Woody, and the World’s Hottest Pepper

© Christer Strömholm, Fox-Amphoux 1965

Michael Schmidt, Lebensmittel
January 12 – April 1, 2013

Margaret Bourke White, Photographs 1930-1945
January 18 – April 14, 2013

Christer Strömholm, Post Scriptum
January 19 – March 17, 2013
C/O Berlin

Ulrich Seidl, Paradies
January 19 – March 17, 2013
C/O Berlin

The Feverish Library (continued)
works by J. Baldessari, C. Höfer, A. Kruithof, J. Stezaker, J. Wall, C. Williams
January 19 – February 23, 2013
Capitain Petzel Gallery

Male Nudes – Female Desires
photographs by Jen Davis, Nina Hoffmann, Lina Scheynius and Paula Winkler
January 25 – March 2, 2013
Galerie Tania Wagner

Asger Carlsen, Hester
February 1 – March 16, 2013
Diettrich & Schlechtriem

Wiebke Loeper, Welcome Home
February 2 – March 9, 2013
Galerie cubus-m

Gerry Johansson, Deutschland
February 16 – March 30, 2013
Swedish Photography

Nina Poppe, AMA
February 16 – May 18, 2013
Robert Morat Galerie

© Christian Patterson, House at Night, from the series “Redheaded Peckerwood”

Christian Patterson, Redheaded Peckerwood
December 8 – February 9, 2013
Robert Morat Galerie

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 7pm

© Peter Piller, Umschläge #21, 2011-2012

Tatsächliche Vermutungen (real assumptions) are based on principles drawn from life experience. The concept of ‘assumption‘ as it is used here derives from the meaning of the word ‘assume‘ in its general usage, in the sense of presuming something to be correct.‘“
(Prof. Hans Joachim Musielak, Juristische Arbeitsblätter 8-9 (2010), 561)

From the press release:
Piller has been working with images from archives as well as his own photographs and drawings since the 1990s.
In Tatsächliche Vermutungen, he establishes relationships between his most recent groups of works. Two of the great themes of human activity are linked visually: sexuality and death. Umschläge (2011-12), a block of 30 works is presented in the main space of the gallery; in these works, Piller examined, isolated and removed the text from the front and back covers of more than twenty years of issues (from the 1960s to the 1980s) of the East German army‘s magazine Armeerundschau and transformed them into two-part images presented on the wall. On the left side of each, a (clothed) woman looks directly at the viewers; initially, she and her surroundings seem to have absolutely no connection to the military image on the right side of each pair. In the original, the warlike armoured vehicles pictured on the right were on the front cover of the army magazine, and the women – sometimes depicted in a suggestive manner – were to be found on its back cover, in an East German variation on the pin-up girl.
Piller‘s intervention renders both systems simultaneously visible, and they bear a direct historical relationship to the gallery‘s exhibition space in Berlin‘s Karl-Marx-Allee, where – until 1989 – the East German military had passed in review before the East German government.

In the large-scale wall installation Immer Noch Sturm, 2012 (Still Storming), Piller combines images of World War I battlefields from historical postcards and found photos from books with seascapes from a 1920s geography textbook in order to create a grid of 24 black-and-white prints and distributed blank spaces. The landscape photographs – documents of humanity‘s excesses of destruction – and the images of the forces of nature on the open sea equal one another in terms of their immoderation. In relation to the art historical genre of battle paintings, both on land and at sea, Piller depicts the locations of violent conflicts as empty stages left behind by the actors.

On the lower floor of the gallery, Piller shows Tatsächliche Vermutungen, the 2012 series that provided the exhibition with its title. This wall projection consists of 30 motifs in the form of black-and-white stills of (once again) deserted locations taken from a German detective series of the 1970s. All of these consist of fixed and isolatedon-location shots from the existing film material. In this series, Piller deals with the issue of the credibility of supposedly documentary crime scene images just as he also thematises our presuppositions when viewing hackneyed images – in a context where dread seems perfectly at home within the familiar.

The Archiv Peter Piller, which consists largely of images from German regional newspapers, contains more than 100 groups of collected images which complexly reflect Piller‘s original search for the unintentionally aesthetic and noteworthy image.

Peter Piller, Tatsächliche Vermutungen
through December 22, 2012
Capitain Petzel Gallery

Richard Mosse at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, through October 21, 2012

© John Stezaker, Siren Song V, 2011

Diane Arbus, Retrospective
Through September 24, 2012

Thomas Demand, Model Studies
September 7 – October 20, 2012
Esther Schipper / Sprüth Magers Berlin

Yutaka Takanashi, Toshi-e
September 14 – November 3, 2012
Buchmann Box

Bernhard Fuchs, Höfe/Farms
September 15 – December 1, 2012
Robert Morat Galerie

Jörg Sasse, Common Places
September 15 – October 28, 2012
C/O Berlin

Willem Popelier, Talents 29
September 15 – November 27, 2012
C/O Berlin

Zoé Beausire. Rosette, Mauricette et Roby
September 18 – October 12, 2012
Kominek Gallery

Dennis Hopper, The Lost Album
September 20 – December 17, 2012

Richard Mosse, Infra
September 28 – October 21, 2012
Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Lars Tunbjörk, Vinter
October 20 – December 15, 2012
Swedish Photography

Echoes, Osktreuzschule für Fotografie
October 26 – November 17, 2012
Ehemaliges Kaufhaus Maassen

Joel Sternfeld, Retrospective
November 3, 2012 – January 3, 2013
C/O Berlin

2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
Pieter Hugo, Rinko Kawauchi, John Stezaker, Christopher Williams
November 3, 2012 – January 13, 2013
C/O Berlin

On Borders, Ostkreuz Agency
November 9 – December 30, 2012
Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Bernhard Fuchs, Blauer Passat, Herzogsdorf, 2004

Bernhard Fuchs. Porträts, Autos, Straßen und Wege
through Oktober 7, 2012
Sprengel Museum, Hannover