100 days 100 galleries; Day 28: Capitain Petzel, Berlin Germany

Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and Petzel Gallery, New York opened a joint gallery in Berlin in fall 2008. The gallery, a 1,300 square meter glass-encased modernist building preserved from the Socialist Era, is located in one of the city’s historical landmarks on Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin-Mitte. The former ‚Kunst im Heim’ gallery of the GDR, is a classic example of East German Modernism, built in 1964 by architects Kaiser and Franek to house a display of fine and applied arts from the countries of the Eastern Block.

Carlos Fentanes (CF): I saw your article about Stephanie Heinze and it was amazing. Her work, to said the less is intriguing, the article talked about it as Abstract Expresionism but I saw figures on it, it’s not totally abstract in that sense. How would you call it?

Capitain Petzel (CP): Thank you for the message, we are happy you like the article. It’s not our article though, I can imagine you refer to the article in Texte zur Kunst written by Colin Lang. Abstract Expressionism though is just a reference, not a category under which the work by Stefanie should be define. Best regards.

You see? It’s not so difficult, it’s just find the right words and you can connect with the right people. Again I didn’t talk about me or my art but about their exhibitions and their artists: galleries like to talk about themselves as everybody else. Once you connect with them then it’s easy to start another conversation later.

On the other hand you know more about trending in other cities, what they like. It’s interesting to see art from all over the world: Germans like Expressionism, I think it’s part of their visual education, what they see everyday in commercials, advertising, books…

If you are interested, here’s the link to the article:

Stefanie Heinze, “Rise & Plummet (boy full of ambition)”, 2019, Oil and acrylic on linen, 275 x 195 cm / 108.3 x 76.8 inches
Installation view: Peter Piller, “Geduld”, June 21 – August 3, 2019 © the artist and Capitain Petzel, Berlin. Ph: Jens Ziehe

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