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Druck Berlin Festival 2015: The Print Exhibition

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Druck Berlin Festival 2015 will be held at Urban Spree from 14.08 to 16.08.

After the Festival, the galerie will continue to display all the prints until the end of of August.

The exhibition shows print works by Banksy, Eine, Shepard Fairey, Oskar Rink, Faile, Above, Dolly Demoratti, Zevs, Blu, Bäst…, as well as the late Modern Multiples’ LA founder and master print maker Richard Duardo.

Tu-Su 12:00/19:00

Free Entry



Screenprint Exhibition and Pop Up Show

Starting this Saturday at noon, Urban Spree is hosting a screenprint exhibition curated by Mother Drucker‘s Dolly Demoratti. A few days ago, Dolly installed her new screenprint studio in the first floor of the Urban Spree Ateliers. To celebrate the opening of the studio, we are inviting all street art and screenprints’ fans to discover Dolly’s atelier and her wonderful old steel & glass machines. In addition, a pop up store featuring a selection of hand-pulled Dolly’s silk screenprints will be disseminated in the abandoned rooms of Urban Spree.

Works by Nomad, Anton Unai, SuperBlast, Elmar Lause and many more… Also featuring the one-colour iconic Victor Ash print that was made in conjunction with his Kreuzberg wall of 2007. All editions signed and numbered.

Urban Spree Gallery

Revaler Sr. 99

@RAW Tempel

Berlin-Friedrichshain

Opens everyday from 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

www.urbanspree.com + www.mother-drucker.com

 



New screen prints released with Hell’O

Urban Spree Prints release 2 new screen prints on the occasion of “Balance”, the solo show of the Brussels-based duo Hell’O Collective at Urban Spree Galerie.

Both prints are 4-colour, 50×70 cm, hand-pulled, and printed at Urban Spree on Somerset 300 g/sm paper by Mother Drucker in a limited edition of 35 prints.

Both prints are available in Berlin at Urban Spree and online on our webstore. The exhibition of new paintings and drawings of the belgian duo goes on until 24.06 in our galerie space.

 



Urban Spree Prints release a new 1UP screen print

Keep Smiling” is a 14-colour screen print based on the most iconic photograph of the Martha Cooper exhibition “One Week With 1UP” in a limited edition of 100 hand-pulled screen prints.

This highly technical art edition was crafted by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studios) and is released for the closing of the exhibition “One Week With 1UP” at Urban Spree Galerie.

In addition to the regular “Black Smiley” print, we offer 4 variations in a very limited run of 5 prints per edition: gold, chrome, mint, and pink.

The prints are available on the Urban Spree website here.

The screen-print produced for the Opening of the exhibition – “1UP Letters” – is still available here.



Opening of SP38 Art Residency Exhibition “Post Vandal 2”

Berlin-based street artist SP38 was invited by Urban Spree Galerie and Boddinale for a special gallery residency alongside the film festival (15-25.02.2018).

After 2 weeks of daily indoor work and street interventions in Friedrichshain, we invite the public to discover the outcome of the art residency over the upcoming weekend together with the artist. 

The exhibition opens on Saturday, February 24th from 14:00 to 23:00 and will continue on Sunday February 25th from 12:00 to 23:00. Visitors will be able to acquire the original works on canvas and paper produced during the residency in addition to a selection of screen prints and stickers.

SP38 will also screen print “Post Vandal” tote bags live on Saturday!

Post Vandal 2“, explores the notion of vandalism at the age of post-graffiti.

A relentless urban wanderer and street typographer, SP38 (b.1960) uses different lo-fi techniques (collages, paste-ups, stickers, screenprints, paintings) to imprint his vision of the city and his letters to the walls. Involved at an early stage with the “Figuration Libre” movement in Paris and participant to the first graffiti and street art meeting in 1985 with Vive la Peinture, Speedy Graphito, Futura, Miss Tic, and Blek Le Rat, SP38 has navigated in different squat scenes (including the infamous Berlin’s Tacheles) before moving to Berlin in 1995.

A prime witness of the fast-paced gentrification of the metropolis, his art subtly reveals the fractures of the city through successive campaigns and catchy slogans (“Who kills Berlin?”, “Erased”, “Escape”, “Occupy”, “Vive la Bourgeoisie”, Vive la Crise”…), where the intimate, personal level often collides with the bigger scale.

 

SP38: “Post-Vandal 2”

Art Residency at Urban Spree Galerie

12-02-2018 – 25-02-2018

Opening of the Exhibition: Saturday 24.02.2018 // 14:00 – 23:00

Exhibition: Sunday 25.02.2018 // 12:00 – 23:00

Free Entrance

https://www.instagram.com/sp.38/

http://www.sp38.com



Michael Schmidt’s “Waffenruhe” reprinted

30 years after its original and only release in 1987, Michael Schmidt’s legendary and long out-of-print photobook “Waffenruhe (“Ceasefire“) – considered as the best photobook about Berlin at the time of the Wall – is now being republished by Walther Koenig and Stiftung für Fotografie und Medienkunst.

The photographic series was originally exhibited in Berlin in 1987 at the Berlinische Galerie in GropiusBau. In Waffenruhe, Schmidt shows West Berlin shortly before the fall of the Wall by combining portraits of youths with images of anonymous sites bordering the Wall and the Wall itself. As is characteristic of his work, it is the arrangement of the individual photographs and the use of high contrasts — the interplay and dialogue between the multi-layered images — that gives the images their distinct meaning, revealing the correlation between historical events and individual biographies.

Schmidt evokes a world of ruptures and absences that eschews a confident, comprehensive point of view. The images work with Schleef’s text to create a brusque, entirely individual perspective on the fragility of human existence.

This artist’s book – often included on lists of the most influential photographic books of all time – is once again being made available. Two versions are available, german or english.

In addition to the book release, the Volksbühne theater in Berlin is projecting Waffenruhe’s photographs and text on its façade. Curated by Thomas Weski, the projection will be on display every night (from darkness to midnight) until 13.03.2008.

About the Photographer: 

Michael Schmidt was born in 1945 in Berlin, where he died in 2014. His works can be found in national and international collections and have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

In 1976, Michael Schmidt founded the Werkstatt für Fotografie at VHS Berlin-Kreuzberg, which became a major forum for international discussions on photography in (West) Berlin. In 1987 he exhibited Waffenruhe at Berlinische Galerie. In 1988 the Museum of Modern Art, New York presented the work in the exhibition „New Photography 4″. In 1996 Ein-heit was shown for the first time at MoMA, New York under its English title U-ni-ty. This was the first solo-exhibition of a German photographer at MoMA since decades. In the same year, Ein-heit was presented for the first time in Germany at Sprengel Museum Hanover. In 1995, a first survey exhibition of his work was on view at Museum Folkwang Essen. In 2010 Michael Schmidt presented his comprehensive survey exhibition “Grey as Colour. Photographs since 2009” at Haus der Kunst, Munich. Lebensmittel (Food) was presented in solo exhibitions at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2012), Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2013) and at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2013).

Michael Schmidt participated in the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013, and the Berlin Biennial in 2006 and 2010. In 2014 the artist was awarded with the Prix Pictet for his series “Lebensmittel”.

The Foundation for Photography and Media Art with the Michael Schmidt Archive was founded in 1999, and since the artist’s death is organising and preserving the artist’s archive (www.archivmichaelschmidt.de). Thomas Weski, curator of the Michael Schmidt Foundation, is currently working on a retrospective of the artist’s work at Nationalgalerie Berlin in 2020.