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EXHIBITION: DIRK HAGNER - AMERICAN TOTENTANZ
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Date(s): 01/12/2018 to 02/22/2018
Day(s): Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Time(s): 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Address: 5750 Wilshire Blvd #100
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Woodcuts after Holbein der Jüngere by Dirk Hagner
The exhibition can be viewed from January 12th through February 22nd, 2018 during the Goethe-Institut’s regular business hours. No RSVP needed.
Although Hans Holbein der Jüngere published the popular theme of “Totentanz” (Dance of Death) over 490 years ago in 1526 as a series of small woodcuts in book form in Southern Germany, the “Danse Macabre” theme first appeared in Germany and France in the 14th century. The “Totentanz” depicts persons from all walks of society, from the elites to the masses, as death teases and beckons them to follow along in the dance into the grave. It is a reminder that at the end we are all mortal, that death is the great equalizer.
Since then, there has been a recurring tradition in music, poetry as well as the visual and performing arts to periodically revisit this theme in a contemporary context. Strangely enough, there appears to be no such tradition in American art and to many people in the United States, the subject remains unfamiliar.
In his print series AMERICAN TOTENTANZ, Master Printmaker, Dirk Hagner presents a contemporary version of this ageless theme. Hagner’s project, over 3 years in the making, is composed of 24 scenes of woodcuts, in up to 8 colors, was released two prints at a time. The suite pairs sets of 2 prints, each including one line of a simple rhyming couplet that links the prints together.
The suite does not follow the sequence or quantity of Holbein’s Totentanz exactly. As is to be expected, many of the characters important in Holbein’s time have changed, and are no longer relevant in our lives today. However, some have remained the same over the centuries. As Death was frequently depicted appearing with a musical instrument, Hagner follows that tradition using American instruments when possible.
AMERICAN TOTENTANZ consists of 24 scenes, full bleed woodcut prints in up to 8 colors, hand-printed on 250 gm Stonehenge Kraft rag paper, to deckle edges, each measuring 22.5 x 30 inches (57.2 x 76.2 cm). The edition size is 10, plus 5 to be bound in elephant folio-sized books, one of which will be on display as part of this exhibition.
DIRK HAGNER: A master printmaker and educator, Hagner was born and raised in Germany, where he studied at the Folkwang School of Fine Arts, University of Essen. Since the 1980s he lives in the United States. Working in new directions, Hagner draws historic, geographic, political, and artistic connections to the past. Old procedures like letterpress and etching are joined with photo intaglio and and other contemporary methods. In his art, influences from European and American art meet the sensibilities of line and space of the Far East. New ideas refer to old concepts and traditional methods express contemporary content. Hagner’s diverse body of work includes numerous large-scale woodcut portraits of artists, poets, writers, and actors who interest him. A member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Hagner lives and works in Southern California.
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419 North Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, 90036 (323) 651-2030 - Canter's Has Been An Institution On Fairfax Forever ( Since 1948 Anyway - They Started Out In Boyle Heights In 1931) And The Restaurant Is Still Going Strong 24/7 Everyday. Deli, Dining, Full Bar And ....
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PAGE MUSEUM - LA BREA TAR PITS
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CRAFT & FOLK ART MUSEUM
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THE ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET
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WILSHIRE/NORMANDIE STATION - PURPLE LINE METRO
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WILSHIRE/VERMONT STATION - PURPLE LINE METRO
3191 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles 90005 - - There Are Three Wilshire Stations That Are Served By A Separate Line Running From Wilshire/Western To Downtown Los Angeles. So If You Are Traveling From One Of The Wilshire Stations Toward Downtown, ....
WILSHIRE/WESTERN STATION - PURPLE LINE METRO
3775 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles 90005 - - There Are Three Wilshire Stations That Are Served By A Separate Line Running From Wilshire/Western To Downtown Los Angeles. So If You Are Traveling From One Of The Wilshire Stations Toward Downtown, ....
3790 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, Ca 90010 213.388.1400 - Historic Art Deco Entertainment Venue From The 1930'S Located In The Mid-Wilshire Area. The Theater Was Renovated In 2002 To Create A Standing Room Area Infront Of The Stage And Seating For About 100
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