ANNA VOGEL (°1981 in Herdecke, Germany) studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany. She was a student of the renowned photographers Thomas Ruff and Andreas Gursky, whose work is indebted to the minimalist visual language of the artist couple Bernd and Hilla Becher. In the wake of these photographers, Vogel developed a distinctive, personal visual language.
Vogel combines her own and found photographic images which are altered through digital manipulations and graphic additions or deletions. Using varnish, acrylics, pencil, ink or pigment, she adds expressive touches to the surface of the photographic image. In this way, she creates an experimental language that consists of surreal landscapes and abstract forms.
Anna Vogel already had several solo exhibitions at Deweer Gallery, Otegem, BE (2018), Fuhrwerkswaage Kunstraum, Cologne, DE (2018, after winning the ZONTA Cologne Art Award 2018), Conrads, Düsseldorf, DE (2018), Kunstverein Hildesheim in Hildesheim, DE (2017), Kunstverein Recklinghausen in Recklinghausen, DE (2015) and in Kunstsammlung NRW in Düsseldorf, DE (2014), amongst others.
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In 2019 Anna Vogel participated in several group exhibitions: ‘Im Licht der Nacht. Vom Leven im Halbdunkel (English: In the Spotlight of the Night – Life in the Gloom)’, MARTa Herford, Herford, DE, ‘In the Picture: Overpainted Photography’, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, DE, ‘Next Generations. Aktuelle Fotografie made im Rheinland’, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE, ‘Zwischen Nähe und Distanz: Konstruktion von Wirklichkeiten. Von Goya bis Picasso’, in Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, DE. In 2018 her work has been shows at diverse group shows: ‘land_scope: Photographic Works from Roni Horn to Thomas Ruff’ in the DZ Bank Art Collection in Münchner Stadtmuseum, DE, ‘Various Others: Zuza Golińska, Spiros Hadjidjanos & Anna Vogel – In collaboration with Future Gallery and Piktogram’, in Sperling, München, DE, ‘Florale Transformation II’ in Krefelder Kunstverein, Krefeld, DE, ‘Fragen an das Medium, Sabrina Fritsch, Anna Vogel and Matthias Wollgast‘ in Kunsthaus NRW, Kornelimünster, DE, ‘Bernd, Hilla and the others / Photografie from Dusseldorf’ in Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and ‘Jenseits des Sichtbaren. Fotografische Erzählung als Spur – Curtis Anderson I Louisa Clement I Owen Gump I Sigmar Polke | Anna Vogel’ in Museum für Photographie in Braunschweig, DE. In 2016 her work has been exhibited in a group show with Louisa Clement and Moritz Wegwerth at Sprüth Magers in Berlin, DE. This expo was curated by Andreas Gursky. She has also participated in group exhibitions at MARTa Herford Museum in Herford, DE (2015), DZ Bank Kunstsammlung in Frankfurt, DE (2015), Workspacebrussels, in the Kaaistudio’s and Les Brigittines in Brussels, BE (2015) and at the Sammlung Philara in Düsseldorf, DE (2014), amongst others.
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