Conversation: Laura Owens

At first glance, Laura Owens' fairy tale-like paintings exude a kind of childish playfulness. Yet beneath this apparent naiveté is a deeply rooted reflection on the medium of painting. Cheryl Kaplan talked to Owens about friendly animals, knights, and nocturnal tours through famous collections.

Interview: Markus Schinwald

Puppet games: regardless of whether the young Austrian Markus Schinwald has his marionettes kidnap children, like the Rat-Catcher of Hameln, or populates hotel rooms with bizarre protagonists, subtle abysses are always lurking behind his dreamlike scenarios. Maria Morais met the artist in Vienna for a conversation.

Images of Children from the Deutsche Bank Collection

During the Middle Ages, children were painted as little adults. It was only with the birth of Romanticism that a concept arose to describe the distance in between: childhood. Artists have interpreted this state in very controversial ways, as the wide spectrum of children's images in the Deutsche Bank Collection shows.

Childlike Strategies

With the Eyes of a Child: ever since the modernist avant-garde, artists have repeatedly taken recourse to "childish" forms of expression to articulate their need for immediacy. In times of mass-media overload, however, this strategy has undergone new change. An essay by Ulrich Clewing.

Once Upon a Time: Art and Childhood

It took months for the long-awaited conversation between the Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens and our correspondent Cheryl Kaplan to finally take place. Owens' paintings, which initially seem fairy tale-like, form the point of departure for our latest feature "Once Upon A Time," which examines "childish strategies," children’s images, and a present-day investigation of fairy tales and myths +++ In a conversation with Owens, it becomes clear how the painter uses seemingly naive and playful motifs to facilitate the viewer's access to her paintings, which are actually brimming with formal skill and art historical reflection +++ The Austrian Markus Schinwald is considered to be one of the shooting stars of the young scene; in his videos and installations, he creates subtle dream scenarios that address dance, performance art, and marionette games. Thus, in his work "Children's Crusade," he uses the Rat-Catcher of Hameln, a kind of Pied Piper, as an eerie puppet creature. Maria Morais met with him in a café in Vienna. +++ for db artmag, Christiane Meixner had a look at children's images from the Deutsche Bank Collection and demonstrates the variety 20th-century artists have brought to bear in examining the phenomenon of childhood. +++ In his essay "With the Eyes of a Child," Ulrich Clewing reflects on how artists from Expressionism to the present day have adopted "childlike strategies" to find new forms of expression and to reflect on art and life in a contemporary way.