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  • Provenance

    Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, MOCA Focus, Florida, Maier-Aichen, 28 June – 30 September 2007

  • Literature

    Maier-Aichen, exh. cat., Los Angeles, MOCA Focus, 2007, no. 8, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Florian Maier-Aichen is not simply a photographer – he is an alchemist who combines the skills of a painter, sculptor and performer. Encompassing a diverse range of technical approaches, his finished works are the result of an involved process which demonstrates that the art of photography is much more than just pressing a button. Nothing is what it seems in his evocative, unpopulated, large-scale images. Home-made cameras, set design, digital mastery, and over exposure are but a few of the staple techniques in Maier-Aichen’s working method. Bringing a painter’s and draughtsman’s eye to the practice of photography, Maier-Aichen builds upon and questions the long tradition of the landscape as an artistic genre.
     
    “Florian Maier-Aichen’s photographic work portrays natural, industrial, and cultural landscapes with stylized eccentricity. By employing the tropes of documentary photography in unconventional ways, Maier-Aichen creates sublime images rich with reference and allusion. His photographs of the California coast, the Alps, and other locales are openly beautiful and seductive in their saturated hues and expansive views. However, these and other works depicting melting cathedrals, failed industry and tragic ghost ships are also nuanced with subtle
    disquiet and criticality.” (R. Morse, ‘Ecstatic Truth: The Photography of Florian Maier-Aichen’, in Focus: Florian Maier-Aichen, exh. cat., Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, 28 June –30 September 2007, p. 13)
     

49

Untitled

2007
C-print.
183 x 234 cm (72 1/2 x 92 1/4 in).
Signed, dated and numbered of six 'Florian Maier Aichen 2007' on the reverse. This work is from an edition of six.

Estimate
£30,000 - 40,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010
London