"It is important to note that Jarla Partilager, while not existing in an imaginary outside, has nothing in common with those highly personalized "instant-collections" (Clemens Krümmel) so typical for our new economy, so symptomatic of...structural transformation. The artists collected for Jarla Partilager are not instantly acquired, but collected in depth and over a long period of time." —Isabelle Graw, "Where Are We Now?"
John Coplans, Hand, Three Panels, Vertical, 1990. Silver gelatin prints dry mounted on museum board, overall 308 cm x 118 cm
"One could say that in his works, Coplans affirms the possibility of an 'authentic artist's body' against all odds, although what we perceive to be his body is of course highly mediated and staged. The depiction of his seemingly authentic body also benefits from a tradition that makes it much easier for the male body not to be coerced by normative ideals of beauty."