The acid-bright paintings, prints, and installations of Franz Ackermann draw attention to and problematize notions of tourism and travel, globalization and urbanism. He is best known for his series Mental Maps, started in 1996, where the artist merges street maps with his own reactions to and interpretations of different cities. Drawing on real life trips around the world, Ackermann gives expression to the excitement, glamor, and… Read more
About the artwork
Rendered in the arid tones of a sizzling hot summer's day, Ackermann's aptly titled Peak Season features notable sites and tourist attractions interconnected with black blossoming vines, drawing attention to the forces of globalization and the ease with which one can travel from one place to another in a matter of hours. As always the notion of tourism comes strongly into play in this complex screenprint, making it a prime example of Ackermann's practice of both glorifying and critiquing the jet-setting habits of contemporary society.