Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress, the first North American retrospective dedicated to the German artist, premieres this spring at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York. Marking the most comprehensive exploration of Charlotte Posenenske’s work since her death, the exhibition highlights the entirety of her intense twelve-year practice, before she turned away from the arts to pursue the study of labor.
Spanning her earliest experiments with mark making and drawing, to her transitional aluminum wall-reliefs, to her final modular sculptural projects, the exhibition includes both the original prototypes of these modular sculptures as well as newly fabricated elements. Embracing industrial fabrication, reductive geometry, and serial repetition, Posenenske developed a form of mass-produced Minimalism that pointedly addressed the pressing socioeconomic concerns of the decade, circumventing the art market and rejecting established formal and cultural hierarchies.
While Posenenske exhibited widely during the years that she was active as an artist—alongside peers such as Hanne Darboven, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt—her contributions to the discourse of Minimal and Conceptual art remain largely overlooked. This retrospective recovers Posenenske’s legacy as a critical and prescient voice within contemporary art.
Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress is organized by Jessica Morgan, Dia’s Nathalie de Gunzburg Director, and Alexis Lowry, Associate Curator.
The exhibition is on view at Dia:Beacon from March 8 to September 9, 2019, before embarking on a European tour at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (October 18, 2019–March 8, 2020), Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf (April 4–August 2, 2020), and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (October 2, 2020–January 10, 2021).
Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress is made possible by major support from Brenda R. Potter. Significant support is provided by the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation, VIA Art Fund, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Generous support is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
Charlotte Posenenske was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1930. She died in Frankfurt in 1985.