Monday, 14 March 2011
Absalon, the recent exhibition at Berlin gallery KW which saw the first comprehensive retrospective of Israeli artist Absalon's work, provided a great source of inspiration to the WGSN team during our recent research trip to the city. The artist, who died in 1993 at the age of 28, described his work as "not meant to posit any solutions in terms of isolation" and instead "made for living the social.”
The whitewashed sculptures and objects on display had much in common with WGSN's macrotrend for A/W 12/13, Radical Neutrality: "Moderates are the new radicals, neutrality is the new spirituality and taking the middle ground becomes the most progressive choice in a world of exaggerated hyperbole and polarised extremes. Meet the new minimalism."