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6–9 November 2014
London’s Richard Saltoun gallery is exhibiting two very different artists at this November’s Artissima art fair in Turin, Italy: Friedl Kubelka and Hans-Peter Feldmann
Friedl Kubelka is a feminist photographer and filmmaker, who has been working in Vienna over the past 40 years.
Born in London to parents seeking political refuge, Friedl Kubelka spent her childhood in East Berlin before her parents settled in Vienna. She studied industrial photography at the Graphic Instruction and Research Institute, Vienna, from 1965 to 1969. She later founded her own 'School of Artistic Photography' in the city (1990), and the School for Independent Film (2010).
Friedl Kubelka is best known for her conceptual and serial photographs and she began making films in the late 1960s. The last ten years have been a prolific period of artistic production. She was awarded the State Prize for Photography in 2005, Austria's most prestigious photography award, and has had solo exhibitions at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris (1980), Fotogalerie, Vienna (2004), and the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2005). Friedl Kubelka currently lives and works in Vienna.
Hans-Peter Feldmann made his name as a conceptual artist in the 1970s, and over the past 10 years has had a series of museum shows in Europe and America. He is particularly noted for his appropriation of images, which are reproduced by xerox or screenprint.
Born in 1941 in Düsseldorf (where he currently lives and works) he grew up in the small town of Hilden, Germany. Feldmann studied painting in the 1960s at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz, Austria. He began working in 1968, producing the first of the small handmade books – the Bilder Books – that would then become a signature part of his work.
The decision to retire as an artist in 1979 led him to either give away or destroy his work. Feldmann spent the next ten years in silence, running a souvenir shop in Düsseldorf and a mail order shop for thimbles. He returned to his career as an artist in 1989, after the curator Kasper König persuaded him to exhibit in a gallery again. Feldmann has since been recognized as an important figure of the first generation of conceptual artists.
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