Anna OppermannDrawings22.06. - 29.09.2019
Carpenter Center for Visual Arts
Anna Oppermann, *1940 in Eutin,
lived in Hamburg and Celle
Photo © Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements
Curated by Dan Byers, John R. and Barbara Robinson14 available works
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