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‘Ull Hohn: Foregrounds, Distances’

After his studies at the arts academies in Berlin and Düsseldorf, Ull Hohn (1960–1995) moved to New York to attend the Whitney Independent Study Program in 1987. Engaging with current theoretical debates and cultural issues, his work from the late 1980s and early 1990s frequently invokes questions of gender and homosexuality, as well as their representation. It interrogates the history of painting, traditional notions of virtuosity, the conventions of value and taste inherent to education, and the distinction between high and popular culture. 

‘Ull Hohn: Foregrounds, Distances’ aims not only to offer the first comprehensive overview of his work, but also to contribute to a history of painting-based practices, which occupy a marginal place in the established narratives of the art of the 1980s and 1990s.

Edited by Hannes Loichinger and Magnus Schaefer 


With contributions by Tom Burr, Thomas Eggerer, Manfred Hermes, Hannes Loichinger, Fionn Meade, Magnus Schaefer, Megan Francis Sullivan, Lanka Tattersall, and Alexis Vaillant

Designed by Studio Manuel Raeder, published by Sternberg Press in collaboration with Galerie Neu and the Estate of Ull Hohn, English/German, 225 x 265 mm, 332 pages, 60 b/w and 180 color illustrations, ISBN 978-3-95679-156-7

Available at Sternberg Press