New photographic work to go on show in Glasgow

  • 26 May 2011

A striking photographic work featuring handprints of famous poets and artists is just about to go on show in Glasgow.

Handprint Posters by German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann comprises ten posters illustrating handprints of some of the most famous artists and poets of the 20th century.

It’s the latest acquisition for the city of Glasgow’s art collection, made with thanks to our £5m Art Fund International scheme. It will be on show in the UK for the first time from 28 May, as part of a new exhibition of international contemporary art at the Common Guild.

The work includes handprints from famous artists and poets including Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, Aldous Huxley and Alberto Giacometti. The handprints featured in the work were originally made by psychologist Charlotte Wolff in the 1930s. Feldmann made them by scanning and enlarging pages from Wolff’s notebooks.

Born in 1941, Hans-Peter Feldman is an internationally renowned artist. He won the coveted Hugo Bross prize in 2010, and an exhibition of his work recently opened at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

German-born Charlotte Wolff (1897-1986) was a qualified physician and a psychoanalyst. She was one of the few scientifically trained people ever to have seriously investigated the diagnostic
significance of the hand.

Handprint Posters is now part of the permanent collection of the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), and joins a body of work already acquired through our £5m Art Fund International scheme.

The exhibition at The Common Guild, entitled You seem the same as always, -, brings together a diverse range of works including film, video, photography, drawings and objects which all relate in some way to the artist’s hand.

The exhibition will show Feldmann’s Handprint Posters alongside works by international and Glasgow-based artists including Claire Barclay, Douglas Gordon and David Shrigley. There is also a piece by Olafur Eliasson that has never been seen in the UK.