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                         I pursue an emotional and less documentary approach
                         to my photographs. In regards to the image composition,
                         I give all the subject matter the room they need, so that
                         they can be understood. For me it is more about their
                         expression rather than description.
                                                                                   —Elger Esser

PROJECT STATEMENT

Six American Sunsets is the product of Elger Esser's residency with The Lapis Press in 2007. Photographed during road trips through Northern California and the Washington coast, the six views display the same searching gaze and masterly composition of his well-known landscapes of Western Europe and Africa. Esser captures in these images of the American West an element of an era steeped in the mythology of the past, the terminus of westward expansion. Setting his tripod near some of the same vistas that Edward Weston viewed decades before, Esser has created a body of work that honors traditional landscape photography while pursuing his own contemporary vision.

Six American Sunsets is Elger Esser's first published photographs of North America and stands as an impressive investigation of place and the history that it inhabits. The photographs evoke a haunting presence in their synchronicity of light and tone, their ethereal imagery hovering between classical landscape painting and photographic documentation.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Stuttgart, 1967
Raised in Rome, 1969–1986
Lives and works in Düsseldorf

Education:

1991–1997 Studied at Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts with Prof. Bernd Becher
1996 Student of Master Class
1997 Academy diploma
1998 DAAD-travel grant "Italy" Advancement Award of Fine Arts of Düsseldorf
2008 Visiting Professor of Photography at Folkwang Hochschule Essen
2006–2009 Professor of Photography at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design
2010 Rheinischer Kunstpreis
2012 Fellowship Hanse
Solo Exhibitions:

2015
Harmas de Fabre, Sérignan-du-Comtat
Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2014
Elger Esser: Saeculum Aureum. Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Elger Esser. Fundació Palma Espai d'art. Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca
Elger Esser: Ab Olympo. Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome
Soli Deo Gloria. Christine Schäfer & Elger Esser: Recital and Art. Braunschweig Festival, Schafstall Bisdorf
Elger Esser. Kewenig Galerie, Berlin
Elger Esser. Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

2013
Galerie de Zaal, Delft Pôle Image Haute-Normandie, Rouen
Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich
Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, Nürnberg
Sonnabend Gallery, New York

2012
Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, Oldenburg
Galería Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca
Katz Contemporary, Zurich
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome
LVR-Landes Museum Bonn, Bonn

2011
Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Kunstforum Baloise, Basel

2010
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem
Galería Fúcares, Madrid
Photobiennale Moscow, Exhibition Hall New Manege, Moscow

2009
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Galleria Bonomo, Bari
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart

2008
Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
FO.KU.S - Foto Kunst Stadtforum - Innsbruck
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome
Rose Gallery, Santa Monica

2007
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2006
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
Gana Art Center, Seoul
Musée de la Cohue, Vannes
Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee
Galerie de Zaal, Delft
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Galería Fúcares, Madrid

2005
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2004
Galerie de Zaal, Delft
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
Fondation Herzog, Basel
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg

2003
Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

2002
Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Palazzo delle Papesse – Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena

2001
Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Galleria d'Arte Moderna – Villa delle Rose, Bologna

2000
Alte Feuerwache Mannheim, Mannheim
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
Galerie Inge Friebe, Lüdenscheid
Galerie 213, Paris
Galerie de Zaal, Delft

1999
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Galerie Andreas Grimm,
Palma de Mallorca neg-gallery, Milan

1998
Kunstverein Siegen, Siegen
Galerie de Zaal, Delft
Kulturforum Alte Post, Neuss
Galerie Inge Friebe, Lüdenscheid
Galerie 213, Paris
Kunstraum Düsseldorf (Advancement Award of Fine Arts)

1997
Galerie Andreas Grimm,
Palma de Mallorca Kunstverein Hagen, Hagen

1995
Kulturbahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2015
Landscape in my Mind - Landscape photography today. Kunstforum Wien, Vienna

2014
Los Bragales. Pasión y fotografía de una colección. Centro de Arte Juan Ismael, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
Home (Very) Sweet Home, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin
Una Colección Basada En La Naturaleza Y El Medio Ambiente. Colección MP de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville
Temporary living. Galerie de Zaal, Delft
One Work. The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs
Los Bragales. Pasión y fotografía de una colección. Centro de Arte La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Human Landscape. Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2013
Vacatio. Fotografia - Festival Internazionale di Roma. MACRO, Rome
Old school. Anachronism in Contemporary Art. Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
Ghosting Machine. Delmar Gallery, Sydney
Tour d'horizon - Landscapes. Katz Contemporary, Zurich
Land in Sight! Landscapes from the Collection. Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, Salzburg
Landmark: The Fields of Photography. Somerset House, London
Disaster - The End of Days. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Wetterdämmerung - ein Blick zurück. Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen Nussdorf Kalte Rinden - Seltene Erden. Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen
012 Im Schein des Unendlichen - Romantik und Gegenwart. Altana Kulturstiftung, Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg
Fotografia Contemporanea Tedesca La Scuola di Düsseldorf. Galleria Alberto Peola, Torino
Religion und Riten. DZ Bank Kunstsammlung. Art Foyer, Frankfurt am Main
Kalte Rinden - Seltene Erden. Märkisches Museum Witten / Stadtmuseum Hattingen
Nine x Nine. Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
Kalte Rinden - Seltene Erden. Stadtgalerie Kiel Landscape: Scene / Re-seen. The Westport Arts Center, Westport
Exposition photographique: Eaux précieuses – Eaux sauvages. Galerie d'art du Conseil général. Hôtel de Castillon, Aix-en-Provence
Les Territoires du désir ou les métamorphoses d'un musée imaginaire. Musée d'Art moderne André Malraux - MuMa, Le Havre
Il Fuoco Della Natura / The Flash of Nature. Salone degli Incanti, ex Pescheria, Trieste

2011
Les Territoires du désir ou les métamorphoses d'un musée imaginaire. Musée d'Art moderne André Malraux - MuMa, Le Havre
light-sensitive – Contemporary Photography from the Schaufler Collection. Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen
Welt-(er)-findung, zeitgenössische Photographie - Collection Olbricht. Kunsthaus Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf
La ciudad magnífica. Arquitecturas en la colección CIRCA-XX Pilar Citoler. The Andalusian Centre of Photography, Almería
Kunst befreit! Neupräsentation der Sammlung. Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
ILEANA SONNABEND. AN ITALIAN PORTRAIT. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Venice

2010
Der rote Bulli: Stephan Shore und die neue Düsseldorfer Fotografie. NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf
Viaggio in Italia, sguardi internazionali sull'Italia contemporanea. Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia
Collezioni Contemporanee. sms santa maria della scala, Siena
Konstellationen. Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
Et in Arcadia Ego. Paraísos cercanos. TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife
The Düsseldorf School of Photography. Bernd & Hilla Becher, Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer, In Sook Kim, Elger Esser. Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque
Imaginário da Paisagem. Obras da BesArt - colecção Banco Espírito Santo.
CAV Centro de artes Visuais. Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra
ZERO - ∞. Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen

2009
Tago-Mago. Galería Fúcares, Almagro Siedlungen und Wohnanlagen 1858–1937. Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Voyages pittoresques, 1820–2009: La Normandie contemporaine. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Caen
Les Recontres d'Arles – Photographie. Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles
6 views of photography. Galerie de Zaal, Delft
Sammlung Lothar Schirmer. Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich
La Colección 2. La densidad del aire, la levedad de la tierra. TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife
Schenkung Thaddeus Ropac. Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg

2008
True North. Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
Stille Landschaften. Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid, Lüdenscheid
Objectivités, la photographie à Düsseldorf. Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
two. Galerie de Zaal, Delft
How to look at Venice? Galleria Contemporaneo, Venice
BESart – Photography. Museu Coleccao Berardo, Lissabon
Pures Wasser – Elementares Motiv der Gegenwartskunst. Kunstverein Villa Streccius, Landau

2007
Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
FOTO.KUNST. Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg berlin_nl. Niederländische Botschaft, Berlin
Seestücke. Von Max Beckmann bis Gerhard Richter. Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Less Roses. Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut
Tripp and Friends. Galerie ABTart, Stuttgart

2006
Construction is our Business. Export & Import, Düsseldorf
Paisajes. Galerie Arnes y Röpke, Madrid
Arcadia. Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
Room with a view – The Bouwfonds Art Collection. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Den Haag
Peintres de la vie moderne. Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Fotokunst aus 60 Jahren. Kunst aus NRW unterwegs. Flottmann Hallen, Herne

2005
angekommen – Die Sammlung im eigenen Haus. Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Landschaft als Metapher. Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim dreamscapes. Aeroplastic contemporary, Brussels
The City: Contemporary Views of the Built Environment. Lehman College Art Gallery, New York
Halte Brussels. Vlaams-Nederlands Huis, Brussels
Flight 405. Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut / Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
XL Photographs. Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
Memoria y Tiempo. Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona

2004
Intuition/(Im)Precision. Curated by Thomas Krens, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg.
Vagues II – Hommages et digressions / Waves II – Homages and Digressions. Musée Malraux, Le Havre
Art History: Photography References Paintings. Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
HSL-Projecten. Den Haag

2003
Dialog im Bunker I. Sublime Landschaften. Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
Beaufort 01. Oostende

2002
Aus Düsseldorf. Baronian_Francey Gallery, Brussels
In Szene gesetzt – Architektur in der Fotografie der Gegenwart. ZKM Karlsruhe / Städtische Galerie Erlangen / Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren HEUTE BIS JETZT. Zeitgenössische Fotografie aus Düsseldorf. museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf
10 young german artists. Galerie de Zaal, Delft
MOVING PICTURES. Guggenheim Museum, New York / Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Now, what is photo. Gana Art Center, Seoul
Zwischen Konstruktion & Wirklichkeit. Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen
From Pop to Now. Tang-Museum, Saratoga Springs
Photobiennale Moscow. House of Photography, Moscow

2001
Christina Doll, Elger Esser, Michael van Ofen. Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
Ohne Zögern/without hesitation – Die Sammlung Olbricht Teil 2. Museum für Moderne Kunst Weserburg, Bremen
From the Dark Room. Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London
Images u Centre_01. Centre des monuments nationaux, Paris

2000
The Sea and the Sky. Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside / Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Friesland is… Friesmuseum, Leeuwarden
Landscapes – Portraits. Michael Hue Williams Fine Art, London
Retrospective. Sonnabend Gallery, New York

1999
Insight Out – Landschaft und Interieur als Thema zeitgenössischer Photographie. Kunstraum Innsbruck / Kunsthaus Baselland / Kunsthaus Hamburg
Views from the Edge of the World. Marlborough Gallery, New York
Landschaften. De Vleeshal, Middelburg
VISA. Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne
Landschaften. Galerie Carolin Lindig, Nürnberg
Lawrence Beck, Elger Esser, Hiroshi Sugimoto. Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Biennale della Fotografia. Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia, Torino

1998
Landschaftsbilder. Städtische Galerie Tuttlingen, Tuttlingen
Umgebung und Aussicht. Galerie Cora Hölzl / Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz
When season becomes form. Kulturallianzen, Cologne

1996
Auslöser: Professionelle Fotografie aus Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf


Collections:

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris Centre Pompidou, Paris
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt
SMS Contemporanea, ex Palazzo Delle Papesse, Siena
Fundació Foto Colectania, Barcelona
LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam
Artist's Website:

elgeresser.com