Dirk Stewen
b. 1972
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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2012
laser copy, vinyl paper, paper and threads on inkjet Prints
35 x 49 1/2 inches; 89 x 126 cm

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Dirk Stewen
The road
2000/2012
Vintage text sheet, pigmented inkjet print on a-cellulose paper, ink on wood, paper backdrop "artic white"
frame: 35 3/4 x 20 1/8 inches; 90.7 x 51 cm
installation dimensions variable

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (I am not afraid)
2012
Inkjet print, gouache, vinyl paper, acrylic paint, thread on paper in two parts
large panel: 35 x 49 3/4 inches; 89 x 126 cm
small panel: 23 3/8 x 17 3/8 inches; 59.4 x 44 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2012
Inkjet print, gouache, paper streamer, silver foil, white confetti, thread and tape on paper
49 5/8 x 35 1/8 inches; 126 x 89 cm (unframed)
54 1/2  x 39 1/2 inches 138.4 x 100.3 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2012
Inkjet print, gouache, paper streamer, silver foil, white confetti, thread and tape on paper
49 5/8 x 35 1/8 inches; 126 x 89 cm (unframed)
54 1/2  x 39 1/2 inches 138.4 x 100.3 cm (framed)
DETAIL

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, (Soft corps XXVI)
2012
Paper, gouache, inkjet prints, paper streamer, laser copy, thread on vintage paper
63 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches; 162 x 123 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, (Soft corps XXVII)
2012
Paper, gouache, inkjet prints, paper streamer, laser copy, thread on vintage paper
63 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches; 162 x 123 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, (Soft corps XXVII)
2012
Paper, gouache, inkjet prints, paper streamer, laser copy, thread on vintage paper
63 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches; 162 x 123 cm (framed)
DETAIL

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2010
Inkjet prints, ink on paper, vintage paper, fabric, steel needles
28 x 79 3/4 inches; 71.1 x 202.6 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
photocopy, ink on glass, vintage paper, painted wooden rod, steel pins
44 x 23 inches; 111.8 x 58.4 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2007
Watercolour and ink on paper
sheet: 37.9 x 28 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (Wandschmuck)
2007
Watercolour on paper
sheet: 37.9 x 28 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2007
Watercolour and ink on paper
sheet: 37.9 x 28 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2007
Watercolour and ink on paper
sheet: 37.9 x 28 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Die Assistenten III
2008
ink, confetti, cotton and canvas on photo paper, paper collage with confetti, wooden rod, steel pins
94 x 33 inches; 238.8 x 83.8 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Die Assistenten IV
2008
ink, confetti, cotton and canvas on photo paper, paper collage with confetti, wooden rod, steel pins
94 x 33 inches; 238.8 x 83.8 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
vintage paper, wooden rods, ink, confetti, and cotton on photo paper, inkjet print on vinyl, c-prints, glassine, steel rings, steel pins
54 x 188 inches; 137.2 x 477.5 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
ink, cotton, and confetti on photo paper, steel and rubber ring, steel pins
overall installed dimensions: 48.03 x 86.22 inches; 122 x 219 cm
each panel: 48 x 40 inches; 122 x 102 cm 

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (Bronx Affchen)
2005
inkjet print on paper
19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches; 49 x 38.5 cm (framed)
Edition of 3; 1 AP

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Dirk Stewen
The Painter
2008
collage, folded paper, ink, confetti and cotton on photo paper, plastic and metal handle, photo light with tripod and umbrella, painted wood, confetti, suspenders, tie, brush, rubber and steel pins
installation dimensions variable
approximately: 98 x 88 x 161 inches; 248.9 x 223.5 x 408.9 cm
DETAIL

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Dirk Stewen
The Painter
2008
collage, folded paper, ink, confetti and cotton on photo paper, plastic and metal handle, photo light with tripod and umbrella, painted wood, confetti, suspenders, tie, brush, rubber and steel pins
installation dimensions variable
approximately: 98 x 88 x 161 inches; 248.9 x 223.5 x 408.9 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
ink, confetti and cotton on photo paper, steel pins
72 x 60 inches; 183 x 152.5 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
ink, confetti and cotton on photo paper, steel pins
72 x 60 inches; 183 x 152.5 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Ibizi
2003
inkjet print
8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches; 21 x 29.7 cm
edition 3 of 5; 1 AP

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Dirk Stewen
Photographs
2006
c-print and printed paper
17 x 13 inches; 43 x 33 cm (framed)
Edition of 2

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Dirk Stewen
Fruits, Antwerpen
2005
watercolor on paper, wooden rod and steel ring
installation dimensions: 44 x 32 inches; 112 x 81.25 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (Rechtsrum)
2006
inkjet print, vintage paper, ink and cotton on paper
23 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches; 60.3 x 67.3 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (Linksrum)
2006
ink and cotton on paper, inkjet print, vintage paper
23 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches; 60.3 x 67.3 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
Otahi Zwei
2005
inkjet print, clip frame, streamer, confetti/tickertape
installation dimensions variable
print: 16 1/2 x 12 inches; 42 x 30.5 cm
edition of 3; 1AP

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled (Tiffany's, Ape)
2003
C-print
17 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches; 44.5 x 30 cm (framed)
edition of 5; 1AP

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled (Tiffany's, umbrella)
2003
C-print
17 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches; 44.5 x 30 cm (framed)
Edition of 5; 1 AP

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2012
laser copy, vinyl paper, paper and threads on inkjet Prints
35 x 49 1/2 inches; 89 x 126 cm

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Dirk Stewen
The road
2000/2012
Vintage text sheet, pigmented inkjet print on a-cellulose paper, ink on wood, paper backdrop "artic white"
frame: 35 3/4 x 20 1/8 inches; 90.7 x 51 cm
installation dimensions variable

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (I am not afraid)
2012
Inkjet print, gouache, vinyl paper, acrylic paint, thread on paper in two parts
large panel: 35 x 49 3/4 inches; 89 x 126 cm
small panel: 23 3/8 x 17 3/8 inches; 59.4 x 44 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2012
Inkjet print, gouache, paper streamer, silver foil, white confetti, thread and tape on paper
49 5/8 x 35 1/8 inches; 126 x 89 cm (unframed)
54 1/2  x 39 1/2 inches 138.4 x 100.3 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2012
Inkjet print, gouache, paper streamer, silver foil, white confetti, thread and tape on paper
49 5/8 x 35 1/8 inches; 126 x 89 cm (unframed)
54 1/2  x 39 1/2 inches 138.4 x 100.3 cm (framed)
DETAIL

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, (Soft corps XXVI)
2012
Paper, gouache, inkjet prints, paper streamer, laser copy, thread on vintage paper
63 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches; 162 x 123 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, (Soft corps XXVII)
2012
Paper, gouache, inkjet prints, paper streamer, laser copy, thread on vintage paper
63 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches; 162 x 123 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, (Soft corps XXVII)
2012
Paper, gouache, inkjet prints, paper streamer, laser copy, thread on vintage paper
63 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches; 162 x 123 cm (framed)
DETAIL

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2010
Inkjet prints, ink on paper, vintage paper, fabric, steel needles
28 x 79 3/4 inches; 71.1 x 202.6 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
photocopy, ink on glass, vintage paper, painted wooden rod, steel pins
44 x 23 inches; 111.8 x 58.4 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2007
Watercolour and ink on paper
sheet: 37.9 x 28 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (Wandschmuck)
2007
Watercolour on paper
sheet: 37.9 x 28 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2007
Watercolour and ink on paper
sheet: 37.9 x 28 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled, Hamburg
2007
Watercolour and ink on paper
sheet: 37.9 x 28 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Die Assistenten III
2008
ink, confetti, cotton and canvas on photo paper, paper collage with confetti, wooden rod, steel pins
94 x 33 inches; 238.8 x 83.8 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Die Assistenten IV
2008
ink, confetti, cotton and canvas on photo paper, paper collage with confetti, wooden rod, steel pins
94 x 33 inches; 238.8 x 83.8 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
vintage paper, wooden rods, ink, confetti, and cotton on photo paper, inkjet print on vinyl, c-prints, glassine, steel rings, steel pins
54 x 188 inches; 137.2 x 477.5 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
ink, cotton, and confetti on photo paper, steel and rubber ring, steel pins
overall installed dimensions: 48.03 x 86.22 inches; 122 x 219 cm
each panel: 48 x 40 inches; 122 x 102 cm 

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (Bronx Affchen)
2005
inkjet print on paper
19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches; 49 x 38.5 cm (framed)
Edition of 3; 1 AP

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Dirk Stewen
The Painter
2008
collage, folded paper, ink, confetti and cotton on photo paper, plastic and metal handle, photo light with tripod and umbrella, painted wood, confetti, suspenders, tie, brush, rubber and steel pins
installation dimensions variable
approximately: 98 x 88 x 161 inches; 248.9 x 223.5 x 408.9 cm
DETAIL

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Dirk Stewen
The Painter
2008
collage, folded paper, ink, confetti and cotton on photo paper, plastic and metal handle, photo light with tripod and umbrella, painted wood, confetti, suspenders, tie, brush, rubber and steel pins
installation dimensions variable
approximately: 98 x 88 x 161 inches; 248.9 x 223.5 x 408.9 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
ink, confetti and cotton on photo paper, steel pins
72 x 60 inches; 183 x 152.5 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled
2008
ink, confetti and cotton on photo paper, steel pins
72 x 60 inches; 183 x 152.5 cm

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Dirk Stewen
Ibizi
2003
inkjet print
8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches; 21 x 29.7 cm
edition 3 of 5; 1 AP

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Dirk Stewen
Photographs
2006
c-print and printed paper
17 x 13 inches; 43 x 33 cm (framed)
Edition of 2

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Dirk Stewen
Fruits, Antwerpen
2005
watercolor on paper, wooden rod and steel ring
installation dimensions: 44 x 32 inches; 112 x 81.25 cm

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (Rechtsrum)
2006
inkjet print, vintage paper, ink and cotton on paper
23 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches; 60.3 x 67.3 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
untitled (Linksrum)
2006
ink and cotton on paper, inkjet print, vintage paper
23 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches; 60.3 x 67.3 cm (framed)

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Dirk Stewen
Otahi Zwei
2005
inkjet print, clip frame, streamer, confetti/tickertape
installation dimensions variable
print: 16 1/2 x 12 inches; 42 x 30.5 cm
edition of 3; 1AP

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled (Tiffany's, Ape)
2003
C-print
17 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches; 44.5 x 30 cm (framed)
edition of 5; 1AP

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Dirk Stewen
Untitled (Tiffany's, umbrella)
2003
C-print
17 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches; 44.5 x 30 cm (framed)
Edition of 5; 1 AP

Biography

Regarded for his works on paper, Dirk Stewen has developed a rich and varied practice that incorporates aspects of photography, drawing, assemblage, collage, and embroidery. Drawing from his own collection of images, the artist presents unexpected yet poignant juxtapositions of forms, materials and ideas that suggest new associations and narratives. Faded photographs, watercolors, confetti and thread are among the many materials Stewen has recombined into poetic compositions that are at once visually arresting and charged with emotion.


Born in 1972 in Dortmund, Germany, Stewen currently lives and works in Hamburg. He studied art history at Germany’s Ruhr University Bochum (1992-95) and also attended the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK)(1995-2001). A 2013 artist fellow at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, Stewen was also an artist-in-resident at the Chianti Foundation in Marfa, Texas from 2012-2013.
 

 

During the past decade, Stewen’s work has been exhibited at numerous museums throughout Europe and the United States. Notable solo presentations include Exercises at Overbeck Gesellschaft in Lübeck, Germany (2009), The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco (2008), and Sugar, Lump, Sugar at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart in Germany (2006), among others.


His work has also been included in group exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, the former Arthouse in Austin, TX, Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina, Kunstverein Hamburg, and Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland.
 

Exhibitions
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9 January - 8 February 2014
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Kunsthaus Bregenz, Germany
2 February - 14 April 2013
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Carpets and Couplets
10 January - 23 February 2013
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30 June - 29 July 2011
Publications