George Brecht "Lucky Strike", 1962
George Brecht (New York, 1926 – Cologne, 2008) did not like to refer to himself as a sculptor or a painter. He considered himself more of an “enabler of events”. In his event-scores, chance organises the space and time of the artwork and the spectator is invited to take on the role of performing them, in a process that contributes to redefining the traditional roles of authorship. Objects from everyday life were the main raw material for Brecht’s works. The artist’s mediation endows chairs, bottles, coat racks, sheets, dice, note pads and cigarette packets with unexpected aesthetic dimensions that lead us to rethink the institutionally accepted systems of exhibiting and commercialising art.
Drawing inspiration from the practices of Marcel Duchamp, the teachings of John Cage and the experiences of the Fluxus group, Brecht’s work updated the experimental avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century.
George Brecht. Events was the most comprehensive retrospective that had been carried out to date on the artist’s work. Curated by Julia Robinson and Alfred Fischer, it included around 350 pieces that explored Brecht’s artistic career from 1957 onwards.
By Julia Robinson
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- 05 July 2006