Rich in existential and allegorical resonance, the paintings of Jonas Burgert (born 1969) are peopled with surreal, foreboding characters such as warriors, beggars, harlequins, shamans and hybrid ghouls that seem pitched on the brink of some harrowing personal or apocalyptic moment. This volume surveys works from 2003 to 2010.
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Published in conjunction with the Exhibitions Jonas Burgert - Lebendversuch, December 2010 - June 2011, Kunsthalle Tübingen and Kunsthalle Krems, this provides a catalogue of all the works on display.It contains two essays which provide an insight on the artist's output and the influences that have helped form his work, the text tends towards intellectualising the work, but is nonetheless accessible. The catalogue includes a biography and bibliography. The text is in German and English, side by side on the page.The complete catalogue of 120 paintings is shown in thumbnails from pages 93-107, around 50 of the paintings are included as colour plates, many of them full-page or double-page spreads. This is a most attractive large-format publication, well designed and produced and beautifully illustrated. As most of the work is of quite large proportions it would have been helpful to have include a few life-size details of selected paintings to give a better idea of the artists brush work, but that aside it provides a comprehensive coverage of the artist's oeuvre.