Living and working in in Düsseldorf and Berlin, Axel Hütte (born 1951 in Essen, DE) is one of a group of German artists—including Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff—who studied under the artist duo Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. Hütte has emerged as a leading member of the Düsseldorf School of Photography, known for reworking the documentary photographic tradition of his mentors. Where the Becher's focused in on… Read more
About the artwork
In Seattle, Library-II, Axel Hütte captures a cityscape at night. As is typical of his images, the viewpoint is enigmatic. The timeframe and subject matter is initially obscure. The criss-crossed pattern alludes to feelings of surveillance and entrapment. Light plays a leading role here as Hütte experiments with juxtaposing light and dark, and varying forms of artificial light. The use of Duratrans ensures the image is lit from edge to edge, illuminating this powerful and mysterious image.