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Clegg & Guttmann
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Institution: Konschthal Esch
Edited by: Christian Mosar
Artist: Michael Clegg, Martin Guttmann
Texts by: Christian Mosar, Martin Guttmann
Graphic Design: Albert Mayr
December 2022 , 112 Pages , 50 Ills.
Paperback with Flaps
333mm x 242mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5459-0
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| Power Structures of the Commissioned Portrait
Present on the international contemporary art scene since the early 1980’s, Clegg & Guttmann take up a visual rhetoric reminiscent of the bourgeois portraits of the Dutch Golden Age, while at the same time referencing the group images that crystallize the powers of the 20th and 21st centuries. They use the conventions of 17th century Dutch portraiture to place them in a contemporary context. Clegg & Guttmann’s portraits, presented in this volume, are rejected commissions which involve a very particular protocol in the Clegg & Guttmann method. Thus, the subjects have commissioned a portrait from the artists, but are free to refuse the result. However, the artists retain the right to show and publish the work, which remains their property, even after the commissioner has refused it. This reverse tactic is also symbolic of the power issues in the particular category of portraiture.

MICHAEL CLEGG (*1957, Dublin) and YAIR MARTIN GUTTMANN (*1957, Jerusalem) have been working together as the artist duo Clegg & Guttmann since 1980. The focus of their joint work is on installations and photographic projects. In addition, both artists are also active as university teachers: Clegg is a professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design and Guttmann is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Konschthal Esch
October 22, 2022 – January 15, 2023
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