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Ruth Marten : Afterlife, My 20th Century

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In 2013, the Van der Grinten Galerie first began representing the work of artist Ruth Marten, a native New Yorker born in 1949. Since then, the gallery has presented and promoted her work in multiple solo and group exhibitions, as well as book publications and special editions. Last year’s Ruth Marten retrospective ‘Dream Lover’ at the LVR Max Ernst Museum in Brühl met with critical acclaim and broad public appeal. Her work has now also been successfully placed in numerous private collections, institutions and museums. All of this is a gratifying response to our efforts of recent years, confirming our high regard for the artist and her oeuvre. At the opening of the Brühl retrospective, which the artist herself regarded as an important review of her life’s work to date, Ruth Marten had already expressed the desire to begin a new work cycle. This time, the basis of her acutely observed and executed, often astonishing drawing and collage inter- ventions would not be 18th and 19th century prints but old photographs, vintage late 19th century to late 1940s. Viewing these...

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