Anna OppermannDrawings22.06. - 29.09.2019
Carpenter Center for Visual Arts
Anna Oppermann, *1941 in Eutin, †1993 in Celle,
lived and worked in Hamburg
Photos: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements38 available works
Anna Oppermann: Drawings will feature a survey of this underrecognized German artist’s early drawings alongside one of her renowned “ensemble” installations, and will be the first solo exhibition of her work in the United States in twenty years.
Beginning in the mid-1960s through the early ’70s, Oppermann (1940–1993) created an astonishing series of surreal, almost psychedelic drawings that uniquely and quietly explode the private space of the home, and her experience within it. These early drawings contribute to a feminist re-centering of spheres traditionally associated with women, casting everyday objects as symbolic, consequential protagonists: houseplants sprawl to take over the picture plane, windows and mirrors provide views into other worlds, and tables display drawings that themselves open out into new domestic scenes. By placing her own body—her knees, arms, the back of her head—as reference points in the work, Oppermann coaxes the viewer to take on her subjectivity and perspective, emphasizing the gendered realms of the home and the relationships that we form both within and to our private spaces.Read more