Hans Ulrich Obrist (Zurich, Switzerland, 1968) is a Swiss curator and art critic. In 1993, he founded the Museum Robert Walser and began to run the Migrateurs program at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris where he served as a curator for contemporary art. In 1996 he co-curated Manifesta 1, the first edition of the roving European biennial of contemporary art. He presently serves as the Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, in London.
Lawrence Weiner's mind-stretching 40-year retrospective … is respite, wake-up call and purification rite all in one. It should be required viewing for anyone interested in today's art..." - The New York Times
I recorded this a few years ago on a trip to Colorado via Oakland with old friends. This video has two parts and the second half is a bit more special and maybe a surprise coming after a snow boarding opener. I wanted to separate the two but couldn't and so perhaps for the better. In the second half the video gives a glimpse of the work of Viola Frey who passed away soon after. My friend was her assistant for over twenty years and they shared the space along with Dennis Gallagher who very recently passed. We see his work on route to Sam's. Three great artists. Sam now owns the space.
I worked for Anselm Kiefer in 1999. We worked ten hour days beginning promptly at 7 a.m. I worked in the studio next to his mainly on his books. We worked side by side on his Women of Antiquity series and he really worked with you. There wasn't much talk of art although he did recommend shows to see. You weren't an equal and he would test your toughness and how you problem solved. It was all very hard work and if you've ever been a mason that is close to how hard it was. It was a moving experience being surrounded by such rich work and being involved in it's creation. I really like the pictures I took as they capture some of this. He doesn't know I took them (sorry) but during lunch or after work when he wasn't around I took advantage. How could I resist. This is the first time showing them like this other than for my students. There have been photos taken by others during open studios after my time there but these are as the space was when we worked.