September 10, 2009

Roger Herman's paintings from the 80s in LA

In the LAWeekly, Doug Harvey's fall preview kicks off with an image of "Auditorium," a 1987, 8' x 12' painting by Roger Herman(pictured above). A show of Herman's paintings from the 1980s opens at the Jancar Gallery this Saturday. Born in 1947 in the Saarland, Germany, Herman studied at the Kunstakademie in Karlsruhe from 1972 to 1976, then came to San Francisco in 1976 on a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He's been in the US ever since. In 1985 he was appointed to the painting faculty of the school of art at the University of California at Los Angeles. The loose, facile brushwork remind me of the once-wild figurative German painters who emerged in in the 1970s---like Markus Lüpertz (who taught at the Kunstakademie in Karlsruhe in the 1970s), Rainer Fetting, Dieter Hacker, Georg Baselitz, and K. H. Hödicke---but without so much angst.

"Roger Herman: Paintings of the 1980s," Jancar Gallery, LA, CA. Through Oct. 10.

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