“The need for commentary on art has been Riedel’s source of almost inexhaustible quantities of textual material since the mid-1990s, from which his imagery has systematically developed. From the paper bag with his name, which when put on makes him disappear as an artist behind the self-description, to numerous sound recordings that record his artistic life and make them readable in the form of equally extensive transcriptions, right down to the abundance of ready-made descriptive material that is generated by the increasing social message requirement on the World Wide Web, it is always the self-description of the art system, which Riedel takes up artistically and repeatedly communicates as ongoing work. The question, is this still art or merely the description of art that does not exist, remains open. The fact is that, in the last twenty years, the Riedel autonomist has impressively realized the artistic concept of self-perpetuating production mechanisms.”
www.michaelriedel.net/mdbk Michael Riedel is a Professor for Painting and Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig since 2017. His recent solo shows include zɛlpstbəˈʃʁaɪ̯bʊŋ, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, (2019), Grafik als Ereignis, Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt M., (2018), CV [Curriculum Vitae], Kunsthalle Zürich, (2017), Dual Air [Dürer], Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (2013–2015), Kunste zur Text, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt M., (2012). His work is represented in public collections such as Centre Pompidou, (Paris), Städelmuseum, (Frankfurt M.), The Museum of Modern Art, (New York), Haus Konstruktiv, (Zürich), and Stedelijk Museum, (Amsterdam), among others.