In Arnaud Maggs (Steidl, 2013), Maia-Mari Sutnik notes that Maggs “achieved a landmark” with his portrait work in 1980. Assembled into a large-scale grid installation—a format now synonymous with the artist—Kunstakademie is a series of 148 black-and-white frontal and profile-view portraits of students at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. These austere presentations are both a taxonomy of the human face and a visual archive of a student group associated with a now-famous school closely linked to the history of conceptual art.
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