Blog / Captivating, beautiful and whimsical in Zurich


Two emails from Zurich this morning delivered some excitement over new work by Canadian artist Rodney Graham. Trevor and Kim enjoyed his solo exhibition, “Vignettes of Life,” featuring film installation and lightbox photography, at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich.

Trevor’s notes: “Captivating, beautiful, whimsical.”

Kim’s notes: “In this show Graham portrays himself in different personae, such as here, where he sees himself as the avid reader, dressed in a suit from 1949 reading old papers from WWII years in Woolworth storefront.”

From Hauser & Wirth’s website: “Graham’s art examines the complexities of Western culture through strategies of disguise and quotation. Casting himself as a succession of motley characters, Graham inhabits different personae, genres and art forms, working with diverse media such as film, photography, installation, painting, music and text. ‘It may be a burden to reinvent oneself every time,’ Graham has said, ‘but it makes things more interesting.’ ”

Museum Director Kim Rorschach, and Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art, just left London and have arrived in Switzerland for Art Basel before heading to the Venice Biennale. During their travels this month, we’ll hear about works of art that capture their attention.

IMAGE from Kim’s iPhone: Rodney Graham, “The Avid Reader 1949.” 3 painted aluminum lightboxes with transmounted chromogenic transparencies, 119 5/8 x 218 3/4 x 7 inches. Each panel: 119 5/8 x 71 5/8 inches.

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