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Lothar Osterburg

Brooklyn, NY   

Lothar Osterburg’s work encompasses printmaking, photography, sculpture and film/video. He creates images of lost or imagined worlds by building models from memory using readily available, found material. Books and language, obsolete transportation devices, and other traces of civilization are recurring themes throughout his alternative histories.

Osterburg’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fine Arts Museum in Houston, and the New York Public Library. He is one of the foremost practitioners and teachers of photogravure, a now rare 19th century photographic etching process. A 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, he is currently Artist-in-Residence at Bard College.

Recent activities include solo shows in New York City, Albany, Miami, Berlin, and Lima, Peru; an artist residency at Cill Rialeg Arts Centre in Ballinskelligs, County Kerry, Ireland; traveling to Shenzen, China as guest speaker at the grand opening of the China Print Museum; creating the 2013 Art Card, commissioned by the MTA and on view throughout 2013 in the NYC subway; and numerous performances of A Bookmobile for Dreamers, a video collaboration with composer/thereminist Elizabeth Brown.