Isa Genzken (born 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Schleswig-Holstein) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Berlin.Education
Genzken studied fine arts and art history at the Hamburg College of Fine Arts from 1969–1971, the Berlin University of Fine Arts from 1971–1973, and Arts Academy Düsseldorf from 1973-1977.
Although Isa Genzken‘s primary focus is sculpture, she uses various media including photography, film, video, works on paper and canvas, collages, and books. Her diverse practice draws on the legacies of Constructivism and Minimalism and often involves a critical, open dialogue with Modernist architecture and contemporary visual and material culture. Using plaster, cement, building samples, photographs, and bric-a-brac, Genzken creates architectonic structures that have been described as contemporary ruins. She further incorporates mirrors and other reflective surfaces to literally draw the viewer into her work. As part of her deep-set interest in urban space, she also arranges complex, and often disquieting, installations with mannequins, dolls, photographs, and an array of found objects. On November 2010 her sculpture "Rose II" was installed outside the New Museum as part of a year long rotating installation.
Rose II was placed outside the New Museum in New York on November 13, 2010.
Genzken was the subject of a major retrospective in 2009, jointly organized by the Museum Ludwig, Cologne and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. She represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2007, and other solo exhibitions in the past decade include Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2008); the Camden Arts Center, London (2006); the Photographers Gallery, London (2005); the Kunsthalle Zürich (2003); and the Städtlische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich (2003).
Genzken is represented by David Zwirner, New York; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne ; and Hauser & Wirth, London.
The artist won the International Art Prize (Cultural Donation of SSK Munich) in 2004 and the Wolfgang-Hahn-Prize  (Museum Ludwig, Cologne) in 2002.
Genzken‘s work is included in the collections of many institutions internationally, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
Isa spending time in New York on September 2005 (photo at right).
Genzken married German visual artist Gerhard Richter in 1982. They divorced in 1995.
1 Afterall, Issue 2, ‘Isa Genzken‘ by Christiane Schneider.
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