What is real?

> 2018, Oil on Linen, 78 x 66 inches

> 2018, Oil on Linen, 78 x 66 inches, © photo by Peter Martinez

19.12.2019 - Article

Our first exhibition of the year 2020 is going to explore “WHAT IS REAL?” on display through February at the German House.

The German Consulate General presents:

Paintings and sculptures by Anna Leonhardt and Jeanne Silverthorne

This exhibition brings together paintings by Anna Leonhardt and sculptures by Jeanne Silverthorne that ask the question “What is real”? For visual artists, seeing is the center of the work. Looking at things and understanding them as an artist often shows a constantly moving and changing reality. Here are two artists with seemingly different approaches to phenomena: one abstract, one representational; one a painter, one a sculptor. Yet as viewers look at and move among these works, forms, colors, textures may begin to merge, internal and external may collide. As the axiom of physics has it, a parallax view may predominate—the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions, for example, through the lens of each beholding individual. What, indeed, is real?


Jeanne Silverthorne is a sculptor based in New York. Solo exhibitions include the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of Art, P.S. 1, New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia,

and a mid-career survey at the Wright Museum, as well as many one-person shows at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Verona, Seoul, and Ireland. She has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions, including those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, the Houston Museum, the Albright-Knox Museum, the ICA Boston, Museum Landesgalerie am Oberosterrreichischen, Landesmuseum, Linz, and Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz, Austria, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Deste Foundation, Athens, Boras Konstmuseum , Umea, and Edsvik Konstock Kultur, Sollentuna, Sweden. Her work is in the collections of the numerous institutions.

Finally, Silverthorne has been the recipient of various awards and grants, most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation award, and a

Penny McCall Award. From 2000 to 2008 she taught in the MFA program at Columbia University. Since 1993 She has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts, New York.


Anna Leonhardt is a painter, born 1981 in Pforzheim, Germany. She currently lives and works in Berlin and New York City and completed her post-graduate studies with Prof. Ralf Kerbach in 2010 at the Academy of

Fine Arts, Dresden. Her multiple awards and scholarships include the artist residency at the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, 2014, the Preis für Junge Kunst, SACHSEN_ART, 2013, and the Hegenbarth-scholarship of the Dresdener Stiftung Kunst & Kultur der Ostsächsischen Sparkasse Dresden, 2010.

Anna Leonhardt's works are represented in numerous collections, among others in the Kunstfonds, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Kunstsammlung des Sächsischen Landtages, the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Kunstsammlung der Ostsächsischen Sparkasse Dresden, the Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz Kupferstichkabinett Berlin and the Städtische Galerie Dresden.


Location and time:
German Consulate General New York
871 United Nations Plaza
Opening hours: Daily (Mon-Fri) : 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

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