Isa Genzken Installation "Rose II, 2007" Outside Crystals

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The Artist: Isa Genzken, born 27 November 1948 in Bad Oldesloe, Schleswig-Holstein, is a German contemporary artist who lives and works in Berlin. She was raised mostly in the small northern German city of Bad Oldesloe and in Hamburg. She studied fine arts and art history with Almir Mavignier and Kai Sudeck at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (1968-1971) and the Berlin University of the Arts (1971–1973). To pay her tuition, Genzken worked part-time as a model. Randy Kennedy (November 21, 2013). In 1973 she transferred to Arts Academy Düsseldorf while also studying art history and philosophy at the University of Cologne. At the academy, fellow students included artists Katharina Fritsch and Thomas Struth. Upon graduating in 1977, Genzken taught sculpture at the academy. She married German visual artist Gerhard Richter in 1982 and moved to Cologne in 1983. The couple separated in 1993.
The Installation: Her primary media are sculptures and installations, using a wide variety of materials, including concrete, plaster, wood and textile. She also works with photography, video, film and collage. One of Genzken's best known works, Rose (1993/7), is a public sculpture of a single long-stemmed rose outside Crystals' front entrance made from enameled stainless steel that towers eight metres. The installation here is one of several similar installations world wide.

The Rose II