Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden (4 stars)

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Isa Genzken

The work of German sculptor Isa Genzken has been described by the New York Times as 'brash, improvisational, full of searing color and attitude' and this is the first UK exhibition of her work outside London, from the earlier geometric abstractions to the more recent assemblages of consumer goods, shop mannequins and other readymade objects.

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Inverleith House presents the first solo exhibition in Scotland by leading contemporary artist Isa Genzken.

The exhibition features recent work, displayed in the seven naturally lit rooms of Invlerieth House, overlooking the landscaped grounds of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Throughout her career Isa Genzken (b. 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Germany) has produced an extraordinary and highly influential body of work. She deals with society, economy and history in ways which are varied and radical, finding new forms which are both rigorous and liberating. Isa Genzken studied at the State Art Academy in Dusseldorf, where she exhibited her first work of art in 1974. She was one of the first artists to use computer programmes for artistic purposes, creating geometric wooden sculptures. Later dealing with sound and then light, she made sculptures of concrete, steel and epoxy resin which were also profoundly different from anything else being made at the time.

In the last 15 years, her work has focused on the urban – combining aspects of photography, collage and cheap readymade objects, from plastic toys and fake flowers to kitchen appliances and shop mannequins, to create highly distinctive sculptural assemblages, which are at once poetic, humorous and disturbing.

Genzken represented Germany at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and was most recently the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA, New York (2013-14).

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Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden

29 Jul 20144 stars

Eccentric sculptural and collage works as part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2014

The frenetic energy that resonates in Isa Genzken’s playful assemblages and eccentric collages has been harnessed by Inverleith House in Botanical Garden, Geznken’s first UK solo show outside of London. The exhibition is both an exhilarating celebration…

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