In 2015, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin opened Two by Two, an exhibition featuring works by Mary Heilmann and David Reed, side by side, in conversation. Heilmann and Reed are both New York-based artists known for colorful pieces influenced by their California origins, and curator Udo Kittelmann’s decision to place the works in such close proximity (almost touching) forced a confrontation between the similarities and differences in their art.
The exhibition opened with two videos created specifically for it, placed slightly offset from the rest of the room. Reed responded to Heilmann's self-described “visual biography” by creating a slideshow of photographs from his childhood home, set to his father's favorite music. The entire piece drips of nostalgia and nuance. The photographs depict morning light filtering across empty rooms once used -- the echo of forgotten adventures is palpable. The home has long been sold and his father has passed, but the viewer knows there is a deep story in the space between empty and forgotten.
Inspired by the thoughtful exploration of comparison, we present DOMESTIQUE: Two by Two. For the last few years, we've been inspired by all the great wine caves in France to hold some bottles back. The tradition of large-perspective verticals is normally a luxury reserved for the upper echelons of the wine industry or lucky collectors. To break that barrier, we created packs that pair two wines for an approachable and subtle comparison, providing a way to engage in the study of nuance that makes the world of wine so fascinating.