Karin Sander | Paul McCarthy

Transformation and Time. facing eacht other #9

An old rag doll with red body and black head and emphasized wide lips. She looks very battered. One eye is missing, one leg too.
Paul McCarthy: Untitled (Black Doll, from the series “PROPO”), 1972-94 (2007), Cibachrome on aluminum, 183 x 122 cm, Stiftung Ahlers Pro Arte

In the series “facing each other” a work from the collection of Kunsthalle Bielefeld meets a selected loan from another institution. This encounter leads to new, often surprising perspectives.

In the ninth installment of our series, a photograph from the series “PROPO” (1994) by Paul McCarthy from the ahlers collection and Karin Sander’s “Mailed Painting No. 43” (2003) from our collection meet. McCarthy’s photograph shows a doll with black skin. Among other things, the work raises issues of racist and racializing attributions and violations. McCarthy used the doll as a prop between 1972 and 1983. It was subsequently locked away in a suitcase for over ten years before McCarthy photographed it in 1994.
Karin Sander’s conceptual series of “Mailed Paintings” also revolves around the experience of time. Sander sends primed canvases unpackaged to various exhibition stations. To arrive at its destination, address stickers are affixed, which – just like the traces on the canvas – document the work’s journey.

The exhibition is produced in cooperation with the Ahlers Pro Arte Foundation.

The exhibition series is produced in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1288 “Practices of Comparison. Arranging and Changing the World” at Bielefeld University.

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The series “facing each other” focuses on a work from the collection of Kunsthalle Bielefeld that addresses central issues in juxtaposition with a selected external work. The focus is always on a concentrated comparison of the selected works. In 2023, the Kunsthalle is cooperating with the Herford-based Ahlers Pro Arte Foundation, which is providing the external artworks on loan for all three interventions. In the three juxtapositions we show works by Alberto Giacometti, Christo, Paul McCarthy and Katrin Mayer, among others.