Installation Views

Hem 2009 akg install 2 1400 0x0x2362x1575 q85Hem 2009 akg install 12 1400 6x0x2354x1568 q85Hem 2009 akg install 4 1400 0x0x2362x1549 q85Hem 2009 akg install 5 1400 0x0x2362x1575 q85Hem 2009 akg install 10 1400 0x28x2362x1574 q85Hem 2009 akg install 9 1400 0x0x2362x1575 q85Hem 2009 akg install 3 1400 0x0x2362x1575 q85Hem 2009 akg install 6 1400 0x0x2362x1575 q85Hem 2009 akg install 15 1400 0x0x2362x1575 q85
View More ImagesView Less Images


Ak6750 hem arena 1400 0x246x536x358 q85Ak6754 hem plakatdenkblase thoughtbubble 1400 0x64x669x447 q85Ak6748 hem dasdreieckthetriangle 1400 0x36x691x461 q85Ak6753 plakatspielende endofmatch 1400 0x183x627x418 q85

Press Release

Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin
February 12 –
March 21, 2009

January 28, 2008, New York—Lothar Hempelʼs current solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, comprised of four figurative sculptures, three large diamond-shaped photomontages, and one painting, radiates an air of mystic coolness, generosity and grace.


Like a futuristic stage impresario, and seemingly without effort, Hempel choreographs figures and objects, matches disparate materials, and arranges geometric shapes and colors into a display of self-conscious aplomb. Colors are brilliant, shapes clearly defined, tactile surfaces vary from velvety soft to polished and hard. Images of dance performers and classical sculpture alike share their space with such attributes as feathers, truck tires, office chairs, a parrot and a Plexi walking cane, even a selection of imitation cakes and cocktails in a deli cooler counter. An eight-foot reflective phallus watches over the protagonistsʼ activities. Their overall behavior, firmly anchored in cultural codes, entails a set of discernible bodily movements, postures, facial expressions, as well as color and tonal modulations that take on strategic social value within a moral context. Our gaze is opened to a kind of sprezzatura, an "aristocratic cool", that in the past has related to frank amorality and love or illicit pleasures behind closed doors.


Read MoreRead Less