AXEL HÜTTE (B. 1951)
Night No. V Beijing
signed, titled, numbered and dated '1/4 Night No. V Beijing 1998 Axel Hütte' (on the reverse)
colour coupler print
image: 42 ⅜ x 67 ¾in. (107.5 x 172cm.)
sheet: 58 ¼ x 82 ⅝in. (148 x 210cm.)
Executed in 1998, this work is number one from an edition of four
Galleri K, Oslo.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Oslo, Galleri K, As Dark as Light, 2002.
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Night no. V, Beijing, is emblematic of Axel Hütte's interests as a photographer. Best known for his nocturnal cityscapes and landscape photography, the artist both challenged, and was influenced by, the long tradition of German landscape painting since the nineteenth century. Though heavily reliant upon compositional and structural devices enforced by the lineage of painters before him, Hütte disregarded the emotional excesses associated with these through his documentary-style photography. Focusing on vast panoramic scenes that dwarf the viewer, Hütte creates a sense of ever-expanding horizons without compromising detail.
Studying at the Düsseldorf Art Academy between 1973 and 1981, where he attended Bernd Becher's class in photography, Hütte drew his inspiration equally from his contemporaries such as Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff, with whom he shared a studio. Thus, Hütte became a defining contributor to a generation of post-war German photographers who, under Bernd and Hilla Becher's guidance, focused on the urban landscape and made this their main subject of art photography.
Hütte presented his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf in 1984, just two years after he had won a DAD scholarship to London. The artist's works were shown in his first major retrospective at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, in 2004.
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