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Neo Rauch: Neue Rollen: Paintings 1993-2006
     

Neo Rauch: Neue Rollen: Paintings 1993-2006

by Neo Rauch (Artist), Gottfried Boehm (Text by), Markus Bruderlin (Foreword by), Gernot Boehme (Text by)
 
In a lakeside scene, a man leans on a graphic of an arrow as if it were a rake handle in the garden; tentacles rise from the shoreline and rectangular speech bubbles hang empty in the yellow sky. In a Dali-esque interior, the corner of a comforter drips off a bed. This major new overview of the work of the Leipzig painter Neo Rauch makes, once again, the case that he

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In a lakeside scene, a man leans on a graphic of an arrow as if it were a rake handle in the garden; tentacles rise from the shoreline and rectangular speech bubbles hang empty in the yellow sky. In a Dali-esque interior, the corner of a comforter drips off a bed. This major new overview of the work of the Leipzig painter Neo Rauch makes, once again, the case that he is one of the most important artists of his generation. He remains committed to putting brush on canvas in an age when digital media are gaining ground, and among a crowd of similarly dedicated colleagues, he stands out at the forefront. While his work of the 1980s was influenced by Expressionism, his more recent portfolio revels in a new take on Socialist Realism, clearly shaped by the experience of growing up in the former East Germany. Rauch riffs on the once-mandated styles of his youth and on western abstraction from the second half of the twentieth century, all in coloration and figuration that directly allude to the Socialist past. Between cartoon styling and historic technique, he has found a distinctive style, palette and concept. These dreamlike sequences feel both timeless and deeply rooted: Rauch gathers figures from the past in surreal landscapes and interiors to tell enigmatic stories about the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783832177423
Publisher:
DuMont monte Verlag GmbH & Company, KG
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1960 in Leipzig, Neo Rauch is a lifelong resident of Germany. He has shown his work at The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and in the past year alone at venues in London, Prague, Montreal, Santa Fe and Osaka. His work has been covered by the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Artforum, and is in the collections of both The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York.

Donald Kuspit is one of America's most distinguished art critics. He was the winner of the prestigous Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism and is a contributing editor at Artforum, Sculpture, and Tema Celeste, as well as editor of Art Criticism. He is a professor of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the author of more than 20 books, including The End of Art, The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist, and The Rebirth of Painting in the Late 20th Century.

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