The German sculptor Katharina Fritsch has made a significant contribution to visual art since the early 1980s. With distinctive cast forms painted in vivid colors, she has developed a specific sculptural lexicon encompassing a typology of everyday objects, animals, and humans, as well as installations based in the mythological and surreal. A master in the deployment of scale, Fritsch is known for installing her work in ways that demand our attention, typically leaving the sense of a resonant interior image or uncanny gestalt that is hard to dismiss or forget.
Fritsch’s exhibition at the George Economou Collection is the artist’s first solo show in Greece, a country whose own rich history of figurative sculpture, mythology, and storytelling resonates with her work and adds a new layer to its reception. Fritsch has chosen to show recent pieces alongside some of her earliest productions made during and soon after her studies at the Düsseldorf Art Academy in the early 1980s.
Fritsch has taken this exhibition as an opportunity to explore her ongoing interest in twilight—in the ambiguous, in the changeable and unstable moods, visions, and mental states that come with the moment of the day becoming night. Among her influences are the work of Giorgio de Chirico (born, not coincidentally perhaps, in Volos, Greece, in 1888). De Chirico’s dramatically isolated landscapes of forms are reflected in Fritsch’s display on the third floor, where each individual object takes on the attributes of a sign. Fritsch has said, “I think in pictures.” Her exhibition for the Economou Collection brings together images in which feelings, memories, stories, and experiences go beyond the subjective to produce an abundance of shared associations and interpretations.