Dierk Schmidt’s Image Leaks: On the Image Politics of Resources at Frankfurter Kunstverein


FRANKFURT.- The exhibition by Dierk Schmidt combines recent work and thematically related older pieces to create a focal image of contemporary economic-political relationships. A core question explored in Schmidt’s practice is how artistic images can address everyday political events and their historical legacy. Schmidt explores the possibilities of critical painting in series of images. Above and beyond the simple depiction of historical events, he is interested in an expanded definition of historical painting, i.e. a constant tracking of historical references in the present. He does not consider his painting as the depiction or mere reflection of social constellations but as a medium that serves as a point of argument with the potential to reveal conflicting interests. The starting point for many of Schmidt’s projects is the attentive observation of the economic conditions of artistic