Holger John’s choice of Die Unbegabten (The Untalented) as the title of the exhibition is, of course, also tongue in cheek. The most famous and expensive artists of our time are probably not without talent – even though some people may in past have privately thought that the screen prints by Warhol seem a bit casual. Or have asked themselves what exactly is so special about the bubblegum-like sculptures by Jeff Koons? Especially as he got his assistants to actually make them.
John likes wordplay, and he likes to play with the prejudgements of the viewer. He called an exhibition of East German art Schnee von gestern (Yesterday’s snow) and one featuring the works of female artists Frauen können auch malen! (Women can paint too!).
‘The Untalented’ poses the question: What is art? What does a work have to be capable of in order to qualify as art?
Holger John likes the colourfulness, the playfulness and the intellectual pretensions of Pop Art. John has been running his gallery in the Baroque Quarter since 2013. When he is not in Dresden, he is to be found in Berlin or his home island of Usedom. He is not only a painter himself, but also a graphic artist and event manager. He has already staged projects with Immendorff, Baselitz and the industrial metal band Rammstein.