Coverbild Paradise is Now
Paradise is Now
Palm Trees in Art
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Texts by: Bret Easton Ellis, Robert Grunenberg, Leif Randt, Norman Rosenthal
Graphic Design: Studio Yukiko
Institution: Robert Grunenberg, Berlin, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin
Artist: John Baldessari, Marcel Broodthaers, Rodney Graham, Secundino Hernández, David Hockney, Alicja Kwade, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Rirkrit Tiravanija
German, English
April 2018 , 160 Pages , 130 Ills.
307mm x 258mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-4446-1
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| The cult book of the season is about palms throughout art history, with essays by Bret Easton Ellis and Leif Randt
For more than two thousand years palm trees have been extraordinarily popular in both the East and the West. Regardless of continent, religion, or culture, palms tell stories of wealth, peace, and salvation. No other motif conveys this promise of good fortune and happiness as convincingly as the palm tree does. Omnipresent in advertising and social media, it conjures up notions of luxury, the jet set, and eternal sunshine in the secular world, representing a modern Garden of Eden. Nor are visual arts resistant to its visual allure and metaphorical power. Keeping this rich cultural heritage in mind, the companion catalogue to the exhibition Paradise is Now shows the many ways that palm trees are depicted in contemporary art. But what is behind the popularity of this emblem? Which layers of meaning and what kinds of contradictions are revealed in the wake of this artistic exploration?Besides texts by Bret Easton Ellis, Robert Grunenberg, Leif Randt, and Norman Rosenthal, the publication features works by John Baldessari, Marcel Broodthaers, Rodney Graham, Secundino Hernández, David Hockney, Alicja Kwade, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.Exhibition: 26.4.–30.6.2018, Robert Grunenberg & Salon Dahlmann, BerlinMARCEL BROODTHAERS (1924–1976) developed his poèmes industriels simultaneously to his seminal work, the Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles. They form an important element in the development of his fictional museum, a central work of institutional critique.

One of the most prominent artists of her generation Berlin-based ALICJA KWADE (*1979, Katowice, Poland) has garnered international attention during the last decade, securing herself a leading position on the international contemporary art scene.

With his iconic interpretations of American society, ED RUSCHA (* 1937) stands out as one of the most prominent figures of 20th century American art. His art is closely associated with cool and elegant representations of stylized gas stations, Hollywood logos and archetypal landscapes. Since the beginning of the 1960s no one else has so radically interpreted the development of modern visual culture in and around L.A. where the artist lives and works. Deriving his motifs from the perspective of the road, the windshield and the movie screen, his works give a distinctive sense of the huge, flat city space located in the desert.
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