Anna K.E.: Profound Approach and Easy Outcome at Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368
Anna K.E’s Profound Approach and Easy Outcome will be the third iteration in a series of site-specific commissions by women artists on the Queens Museum’s Large Wall. Measuring 140” long by 45” high, this architectural highlight forms a magnificent diagonal and is highly visible from outside in Flushing Meadows Corona Park through floor-to-ceiling windows, visually drawing park-goers inside and impacting their experience once they arrive. Taking maximum advantage of the spatial dynamics of this significant wall, Profound Approach and Easy Outcome performs a complex reflection on artistic production, feminism, power, and the role of institutions. Among five visual elements affixed to the Wall, billboard-size photographic works will depict the artist in action in the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, posing as the depicted characters in renowned master portraits by Otto Dix and Balthus. K. E.’s work considers her own role in art history, fusing the question of male-dominated canons with her comically intuitive and gestural responses.
Anna K.E. (b. 1986, Tbilisi, Georgia) studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste and Stuttgart Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf. Select solo exhibitions have been held at following venues: Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv; Simone Subal Gallery, New York; Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin; Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim; Gallery Figge von Rosen, Cologne; Kunstverein Leverkusen; and most recently Primary, Nottingham, UK and Signal (with Florian Meisenberg), Brooklyn. —Queens Museum
Image: Anna K.E., ‘Profound Approach and Easy Outcome, No. 04,’ 2009. Mixed media installation view at CapitalGold, Düsseldorf. Courtesy of the artist.