No Place, nowhere: 5 Years for Conceptual Art

Helmut Middendorf

Over the under the over
The exhibition “Over the under the over” is not a retrospective but is focused on a selection of works created in the last ten years. The catalogue therefore documents a completely new body of work by the artist, which differs significantly to his famous “New Wild Ones“ projects from the 1980s.
The conflict between objectivity and pure abstraction is a striking characteristic of this exhibition, which also includes a selection of collages and drawings. More than half of the works shown here are being presented to the public for the first time, for example the new series of paintings entitled PM Paintings (PM being an abbreviation for printed matter or pentimenti), approximately 30 works dating between 2006 and 2008.
“I now paint using several layers of pigment, abstract structures, I pour on the paint, I smear it, I spread it, I use paint rollers, all-over structures, I use slide projectors – and respond to coincidental results.” (Middendorf, 2008)

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"Helmut Middendorf"

October 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-225-9

24,50 x 32,00 cm

160 Pages

91 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English, Greek

Benaki Museum, Athens, and Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki

Francesco Bonami
The illustrated book was published on occasion of the exhibition “Helmut Middendorf
Over the under the over”, April to May 2009, Benaki Museum, Athens.