Scher: Security by Julia (Boxers), 2019


Julia Scher: Security by Julia (Boxers), 2019
Boxershorts, pen
2 unique pieces
EUR 450 each

In a time of almost omnipresent surveillance, Julia Scher’s works position themselves between the social need for security and the threat to personal space. In the duality of consensus and control, her works are highly topical, but remain neutral and ambivalent through their simultaneous fascination. Her annual gift for the Kunstverein was created during a performative film presentation in the course of the exhibition “Maskulinitäten” including her four-hour film “Discipline Masters” from 1988—a catharsic fictional documentary, retelling her youth experiences, which represents a source for Scher’s further occupation with subjects of surveillance, sexuality, and the sexualized and controlling gaze.

Julia Scher (*1954 in California, lives in Cologne) studied at the Universities of Minneapolis and California and teaches at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne
Solo exhibitions of her works have included at the Galerie Esther Schipper in Berlin (2018), the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (2018), the Europäische Kunsthalle in Cologne (2009), the Californian Biennial at the Wonder Valley Institute of Contemporary Art (2008), the White Box in New York (2004), and the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York (2002). Her works have also been part of “Maskulinitäten. Eine Kooperation von Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischem Kunstverein und Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf” (2019) as well as of numerous group exhibitions, amongst them DREI in Köln (2019), Australian Museum in Sydney (2011), The National Kosova Art Gallery in Prishtina (2008), the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt (2003), the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (1999), and the Venice Biennale (1993).


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