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Janet Borden, Inc. : Christoph Niemann : Photo Graphics


Janet Borden, Inc. presents Christoph Niemann: Photo Graphics, their first exhibition with illustrator Christoph Niemann.

Famous for his extraordinary drawings and sketches and prints, Niemann has been adding photography into his mix.

How Niemann’s brain constructs new imagery and new ideas out of existing pictures is mind-boggling. For “Like“ a very mundane swan on water is enfolded in a few drawn lines constructing the ubiquitous emoji. But there is nothing inherent in a swan afloat to suggest that. But once you’ve seen it, it seems inevitable.

Turning New York’s skyline into a Tetris puzzle acknowledges what we all recognize. In interviews, Niemann often refers to the time and the practice that his work demands; as viewers, we receive it as both a joke and a warning.

Traffic Pong, Nieman’s charming video piece, will play continuously.


Christoph Niemann (* 1970) is an artist, author, and animator. His work appears regularly on the covers of The New Yorker, National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. Christoph Niemann’s art has been subject to numerous museum retrospectives. He has drawn live from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London, and he has sketched the New York City Marathon — while actually running it.


Christoph Niemann : Photo Graphics
February 29 – March 30, 2024
Janet Borden, Inc.
91 Water St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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