Fall at Secession: Opening: KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, ANNE HARDY, ANJA KIRSCHNER & DAVID PANOS plus Talks, lecture, book presentation, open house …

On September 20, 2012, a new cycle of exhibitions will open at the Secession, featuring American artist Kerry James Marshall, British artist Anne Hardy, and the artist duo Anja Kirschner & David Panos. 

Kerry James Marshall will present the series Who´s Afraid of Red, Black, and Green which will be shown for the first time. At her first exhibition in Austria, Anne Hardy will display photographic works from the past five years, while Kirschner & Panos once again address the tensions between theory and practice in their video installation Ultimate Substance.

The cycle is accompanied by a wide program of events, with more to follow in the fall, when the Secession will host artist talks, a book presentation, and a lecture by Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel.


We are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibitions

Opening: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 7 p.m.

September 21 – November 25, 2012



Who's Afraid of Red, Black and Green

September 21 – November 25, 2012

In his figurative paintings, Kerry James Marshall focuses on the social and cultural experience of African Americans. At the Secession, he is showing a new series of works whose title points to two key references: the flag of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, founded in 1920, and Barnett Newman's famous painting Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue. In his pictures, Marshall combines his painterly interest in the formal properties of flatness with the stylistic elements of a 'black aesthetics' in order to define changing notions of integration, history, self-realization and liberty in a self-conscious and self-reflexive manner.

Kerry James Marshall, born 1955 in Birmingham, Alabama, lives and works in Chicago (USA).



September 21 – November 25, 2012

Anne Hardy's large-format photographs are polyvalent images of artificial spaces created for the sole purpose of their photographic documentation. In painstaking work that often takes months, the artist builds highly detailed life-sized "stage sets" in her studio using found objects, things bought in second-hand stores, leftovers, and refuse scavenged from the street. Hardy then takes a single picture of each set in order to define its depiction, exercising tight control in particular over our perspective on these fictional spaces. Serving as documents of now absent places, the images show situations that are often confusing, filled with traces of human presence and mysterious activities; disturbingly, however, the fictional protagonists are forever absent. In her first exhibition in Austria, Anne Hardy is showing a selection of her work from the past five years.

Ultimate Substance
September 21 – November 25, 2012
With their video installation Ultimate Substance, Anja Kirschner and David Panos take a new approach to their long-standing interest in critical portrayals of history and the tensions between empirical research and artistic form. Alluding associatively to archaeology, philosophy, mathematics and ritual, Ultimate Substance addresses the divide between physical and mental activity that accompanied the establishment of a money economy in ancient Greece, and which remains an unresolved challenge to this day.
Anja Kirschner (born 1977 in Munich, DE) and David Panos (born 1971 in Athens, GR) live and work in London (GB) and Athens (GR).


Press conference: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 10 a.m.

Interviews with the artists are possible from Monday, September 17, 2012 

For interview requests and any other questions please contact: tamara.schwarzmayr@secession.at

Please find the Press release and images for download from September 18, 2012, here:





Sabine Folie, director Generali Foundation

Anne Hardy, artist

Jeanette Pacher, curator Secession

David Rych, artist


Christian Höller, Editor "Springerin"

Thursday, November 22, 2012, 7 pm: artist's talk with Kerry James Marshall and Christian Kravagna

Organized by the Friends of the Secession.


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