Spotlight Talk: Hannah Klemm

December 11, 2017

The Kemper Art Museum’s Spotlight Series of online essays invites both established and emerging scholars to offer an array of perspectives on a range of artworks in the Museum’s collection. Each season gallery talks provide visitors the chance to join the authors for deeper analysis and stimulating conversation.

Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, Saint Louis Art Museum, leads a discusssion of Corinne Wasmuht’s large-scale painting Llanganuco Falls (2008), which blurs boundaries between realism and abstraction, momentum and stillness, perspectival depth and flatness. The painting is based on images of waterfalls, mountains, and forest pathways that are digitally collaged to create a fictional pictorial space. Incorporating technology into the painting process, the artist used Photoshop and other digital methods before building up layers of glaze on wood, resulting in a luminous painted surface. While the work is clearly contemporary in its medium and aesthetics, this Spotlight talk will consider not only its relation to our technologically mediated world, but also how it recalls artistic traditions of the 19th century, including German Romantic landscape painting.

Available in the Museum shop, Spotlights: Collected by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum features a selection of 46 Spotlight essays, highlights from the ongoing scholarly project. Members receive a 10% discount.

Free and open to the public

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Image credit

Corinne Wasmuht (German, b. 1964), Llanganuco Falls, 2008. Oil on wood, 117 1/4 x 153 1/2" (overall). Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase with funds from the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, 2011.