Watch out-heroes-watch out




Franz Ackermann, German, 1963-
Born: Neumarkt-Sankt Veit, Germany
Work Locations: Berlin, Germany; Karlsruhe, Germany


Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2016.147


Mixed media on paper


Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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More Info


height: 12 7/8 in, 32.7025 cm; width: 16 3/8 in, 41.5925 cm; frame height: 21 in, 53.3400 cm; frame width: 24 1/2 in, 62.2300 cm; frame depth: 1 1/8 in, 2.8575 cm


Modern and Contemporary Art

Known Provenance

Purchased by Vicki and Kent Logan from Gavin Brown's enterprise in 2001; gifted to the Denver Art Museum in 2016.

Extended Info

Franz Ackermann’s painting reflects the dilemma of global connectedness and the pressures of everyday life on the individual and communities. Ackermann posits an alternate, acerbic, and humorous means of considering the so-called “contemporary condition.” It has a level of abstraction that invites the visitor to project personal content into the artist’s message, and will be an integral work within themes of global connectedness and isolation in the digital age. Employing Pop-Surrealist tendencies, "Watch out-heroes-watch out" allows the visitor to actively participate in the seemingly dangerous scene unfolding on the canvas, with focus immediately drawn to the two large guns in the foreground. With a chaotic city visible through the two window-like structures in the background, the viewer is placed directly behind the guns, creating questions of power dynamics, as well as the role we play in conflicts. 

Franz Ackermann was born in 1963 in Neumarkt-Sankt Veit, Germany, and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, DAAD, Hong Kong, and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.