Canadian Artist Rodney Graham’s Through the Forest at Hamburger Kunsthalle


HAMBURG.- Canadian artist Rodney Graham’s (*1949) exhibition entitled Through the Forest provides insight into the development of his complex body of work. The exhibition brings together close to 100 works, dating between 1978 and 2010. They come from important private and public collections in Europe and North America. Graham’s interdisciplinary work embraces a variety of media: books, video, sculpture, painting, installation and music. His use of appropriation allows him to pay tribute to some important artists, writers, philosophers and pop musicians, though not without respectfully and ironically demystifying their undoubtedly substantial influence and offering us a new take on the worlds they describe. The roots of Graham’s work, which is influenced by 1970s Conceptual art and its way of thinking, lie in the adaptation of literary models.