Dorothee Golz 1960

With her Digital Paintings, Dorothee Golz abducts and seduces the viewer. She takes faces from classical paintings and inserts them into a modern setting that has been thought out down to the smallest detail, making visible interfaces between a historical and contemporary aesthetic.

Golz takes photos of people resembling faces from well-known Renaissance paintings and assembles cutouts on canvas like a copyist. "There's a lot of contradiction in all of this, because I'm making a painted image into a photograph, and in turn dealing with photography as if I were painting a picture." The newly created large-format paintings seem like photographs that, when viewed, trigger the question of different levels of perception.

Just as individual, subjective, and sometimes irritating as the digital paintings are the sculptural works by Dorothee Golz, who sees herself primarily as a sculptor. The artist shows new colored bronze works in which - as in the Digital Paintings - different levels of reality collide. Different media and time levels, interior and exterior space merge. The artist gets to the bottom of reality.

Works by Dorothee Golz can be found in collections such as the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Museum Folkwang, Essen; MUMOK, Vienna; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; Cohen-Collection, NY. Solo and group exhibitions: documenta 10, Kassel (1997); Skulptur-Biennale Münsterland, Münster (2000); Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennal, Tokyo (2009); MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow; Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus; Landesgalerie Niederösterreich, Krems.

Dorothee Golz graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg and studied art history and ethnology at the University of Freiburg. She was a visiting professor for three-dimensional design at the Vienna University of Technology and a visiting professor for spatial interventions at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz. Dorothee Golz lives and works in Vienna.


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born in: 
Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany
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Dorothee Golz
Dorothee Golz