“Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress”

“Posenenske’s first US retrospective comprises original prototypes, drawings, wall reliefs, and over one hundred newly fabricated elements from the artist’s various sculpture series.”

Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York through September 9, 2019; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Oct. 18, 2019–Mar. 8, 2020; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Apr. 4–Aug. 20, 2020; Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, Oct. 2, 2020–Jan. 10, 2021

German Minimalist Charlotte Posenenske (1930–1985) made art for a mere twelve years—she would later become a sociologist—but in that time she produced an influential body of work. Her space-filling, infinitely adjustable modular sculptures, composed of sheet metal or cardboard, were designed to be easily and cheaply reproduced. They reflected her position that art should not be a luxury, but an affordable, functional product that customers could make their own. Posenenske’s first US retrospective comprises original prototypes, drawings, wall reliefs, and over one hundred newly fabricated elements from the artist’s various sculpture series.

Charlotte Posenenske, Vierkantrohre Series DW (Square Tubes Series DW), 1967/2018. Installation view, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York. Copyright © Estate of Charlotte Posenenske, Frankfurt. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.