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Sabine Eckmann

A German art historian based in St. Louis, her research interests are focused on twentieth- and twenty-first-century art, with an emphasis on German and European art as well as art and politics, medium aesthetics, and critical theory. Her projects are regularly supported by such national and international organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. She has curated numerous award-winning projects, including Reality Bites: Making Avant-garde Art in Post-Wall Germany (2007), for which she received the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation award for curatorial innovation. She co-edited and contributed to Art of Two Germanys / Cold War Cultures (2009) and its predecessor, Exiles and Emigrés (1997). In 2015 she co-edited New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, which won the College Art Association Alfred Barr Jr. Award and the Association of Art Museum Curators’ Award for excellence. In addition, she has curated exhibitions about new media and video art ([Grid <> Matrix], Window|Interface, and In the Aftermath of Trauma: Contemporary Video Installations) as well as many monographic exhibitions (on Eleanor Antin, Christian Jankowski, Sharon Lockhart, Elizabeth Peyton, and Sam Durant among others). Her most recent exhibitions are Ai Weiwei: Bare Life (2019) and Katharina Grosse: Studio Paintings (2022). Eckmann has lectured widely including at Harvard Art Museums, New York University Graduate Center, University of Munich, Freie Universität Berlin, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the German Historical Museum and the Getty Research Institute.