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Florian Maier-Aichen


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Florian Maier-Aichen
F. Maier-Aichen at work in France
1973Born in Stuttgart
MFA (Master of Fine Arts), University of California Los Angeles, CA, 2001
University of Essen, Germany
School of Photography and Film, University for Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
1999–2000DAAD Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service
 
lives and works in Cologne and Los Angeles
 
 
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
 
2021Gallery Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
2020Project Room: Florian Maier-Aichen, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
2019Gallery Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
The Limits of Control, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2017303 Gallery, New York, USA
2014Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
303 Gallery, New York, USA
2013Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong, China
 Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
2011Baronian Francey, Brussels, Belgium
 303 Gallery, New York, USA
 Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2009303 Gallery, New York, USA
 Snow Machine, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
2008Baronian-Francey, Brussels, Belgium
 PhotoEspaña 08: Florian Maier-Aichen, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
2007MOCA Focus: Florian Maier-Aichen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
2006Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
 303 Gallery, New York, USA
2005Baronian-Francey, Brussels, Belgium
2004The Bridges of Cologne, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2003Gallery Min Min, Tokyo, Japan
2002Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, USA
 
 
 Group exhibitions (selection)
 
2022Lonesome Crowded West: Works from MOCA's Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
 Moments of Seeing, Schlichtenmaier Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2021The Expanded Landscape, The J.P. Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
201935 Years, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
2018From Ansel Adams to Infinity, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, USA
 Landscapes After Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime, curated by Joel Sternfeld, Grey Art Gallery, New York, USA
2017Vienna from above, curated by Sándor Békési & Elke Doppler, Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria
 Contemporary Photography Forum, curated by Lanya Snyder, Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL, USA
2016Still Life with Fish: Photography from the Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
 Landscapes After Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime, curated by Joel Sternfeld, Hall Art Foundation, Reading, VT; traveled to Grey Art Gallery, New York, USA
 Mount Analogue, curated by Neville Wakefield, Performance Ski, Aspen, CO, USA
2015Three Day Weekend: Party In Back, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
 Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
 Duddell's Presents: ICA Off-site: Hong Kongese, Duddell's, Hong Kong, China
2014Lay of the Land, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
 ICA Off-site: Hong Kongese, Duddell's, Hong Kong, China
 In Context, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, USA
 Night in Day, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
2013Secondary Structures, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
2012Lost & Found: Anonymous Photography in Reflection, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, USA
 Take Off Your Silver Spurs and Help Me Pass the Time, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
 Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2011Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, 2011, Kunsthalle Mannheim; Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen; Kunstverein Heidelberg, Prinzhorn Collection, Heidelberg, Germany
 The Smithson Effect, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
2010The Artist's Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
 Summer Show: Mike Kelley, Florian Maier-Aichen, and Anselm Reyle, Gagosian, New York, USA
 Nuit Blanche, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
 Photo Show 2010, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway
 Crash, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK
2009Dark Summer, Gallery Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
 Nothing is permanent: Albert Baronian, profession galeriste, La Centrale Electrique, European Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium
 Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
 Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
 15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2008For What You Are About to Receive, Gagosian at Red October Chocolate Factory, Moscow, Russia
 Damaged Romanticism, Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX, traveling to Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY and Grey Gallery, New York, USA
 to-Night: Contemporary Representations of the Night, curated by Joachim Pissarro, Mara Hoberman and Julia Moreno, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, USA
 WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
2007Mario Testino: At Home, Yvon Lambert New York, New York, USA
 Three for Society, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
2006Particulate Matter, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, USA
 USA TODAY: New American Art, Saatchi Gallery/ Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2005The Blake Byrne Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
 Photography 2005, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
 Set Up: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
 Photo London Art Fair (special exhibition), curated by Mario Testino, London, UK
2004Kommando Pfannenkuchen: German and American Art, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2003Gilbert & George, Cristina Iglesias, Mike Kelley, George Lappas, Florian Maier-Aichen, Nikos Navridis, Tony Oursler, Thaddeus Strode, Bernier/Eliades, Athens, Greece and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2002Constructed Realities, Grand Art, curated by Barbara Bloemink, Kansas City, MO; traveled to Las Vegas Art Museum, NV, USA
 Anti-Form: New Photographic Work from Los Angeles, curated by James Welling, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO, USA
 I was walking in the woods for myself: Markus Amm, Florian Maier-Aichen, Gondi Norola, Nicole Wermers, Galerie Borgmann Nathusius, Cologne, Germany
2001Jennifer Bornstein, Mark Grotjahn, Dave Muller, Florian Maier-Aichen, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, USA
 Snapshot: New Art From Los Angeles, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL, USA
 Vision Embraces the World, Echo Park Projects, Los Angeles, USA
2000Can (Remix), Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, USA
1999Health, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, Germany
1998stART 98, Billboard Project Stockholm, Sweden
1997Galeri Gufot, Gothenburg, Sweden
 
 
 Museums and public collections
 
 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
 Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
 Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
 Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
 Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
 Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria
The works of Florian Maier-Aichen bring us close to the full force of U.S. photography and its history. The perspectives in Germany are too uninspiring for him, compared to the dramatic impressions offered by the landscapes around Los Angeles alone, where the photographer is now at home. Often enough, they also serve as film backdrops, so Maier-Aichen can rely on the great breath of this self-staging and effective nature. In complete contrast to the documentary pictorial languages from the renowned Becher School in Düsseldorf, he sought contact with the monumental and analog photography of the USA early on. Thus, in his works with the large-format camera, he follows less the European masters than the Americans. Christopher Williams or John Baldessari sharpened his eye. However, he does not use this to objectify the image with exact contours. He consciously uses fades and coincidences to counteract any kind of perfection. Even when he digitally reworks his analog photos, he is expressly not concerned with optimization, but rather with an experimental field that is intended to recall the old connection between photography and painting. He deliberately travels to the places already visited by the pioneers of the guild - think of Carleton Watkins or George Fiske, pioneers of the 19th century. This is not only a reference, but also a reflection on tradition. The use of multiple color filters allows him to achieve the grandiose effect of tricolor, which emphasizes the artificiality of the shot while providing additional dramatic moments, with echoes of the neighboring painterly genre. Smallest editions make the results of Maier-Aichen's art special, which is also expressed in the different choice of print format for each. Exceptionally, he also employs his American gaze in his German work center, for example, when he photographs Cologne Cathedral from the Messeturm across the Rhine. Inspired by August Sander's motif from 1938, he took a bird's-eye view of not only the flood waters on February 5, 2021, but also of the Rhine, which is free of navigation due to the corona - a unique document. For several of his photographs he uses infrared technology, which alienates the cinematic panoramas in a post-romantic way. In addition to his landscape paintings, he also repeatedly creates experimental abstractions that can hardly be distinguished from painterly settings. 
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