Great to have Liesbeth den Besten in New Zealand again and to hear her talk about Artists as Collectors. I was especially interested in the work of one of the artists she spoke about – Hanne Darboven, a German conceptual artist who accumulated a vast collection of artefacts that almost overwhelmed her family home in Hamburg. She also collected jewellery. Her minimal conceptual works, often notes or numbers on paper, small in size but large in number filled the walls of the gallery when she exhibited. The installation Cultural History 1880–1983, (1980–1983) (The featured image for this blog) with its 1,589 individually framed works on paper of uniform format and 19 sculptural elements takes up 7,000 square feet. I really wish I had known about her work earlier as I’m drawn to working (and have made work in the past) in that repetitive manner – maybe the Park(ing) Day work is similar? I’m also wondering if she is another female artist who has been overlooked because of her gender.
Part of Hanne Daboven’s collection at the family home in Hamburg
As mentioned, the Park(ing) Day went well and a few days later the Wellington Sculpture Trust held a thank you event for all the participants. They also announced the awards – Occupation: Artist’s Exhausted was selected equal 1st in the Judges Award. The judges were Paula Savage, Elizabeth Thompson and Helen Kedgley – all very well respected and experienced.