Studio pin-ups from Germany

The little pictures and postcards that artists hang on our studio walls create a visual guide to our artistic DNA. Over in the corner, or above our desks, images (often paint-smeared) are haphazardly taped to the wall as both reference for visitors and technical reminders to ourselves. I was chatting with a weary gallery owner … read more… “Studio pin-ups from Germany”

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Susanne Kuhn in Denver

In her first solo museum show, Leipzig artist Susanne Kuhn presents six large-scale paintings at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Like the rest of the Leipzig contingent, Kuhn’s work has that peculiar blend of realistic light effects, fantastic architecture, figuration, and landscape that suggests an elusive narrative. In the Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan … read more… “Susanne Kuhn in Denver”

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Rosa Loy’s Leipzig dreamworld

At artnet Charlie Finch absolutely swoons over Leipzig artist Rosa Loy’s new paintings. “Rosa is not afraid to blatantly paint-check her influences: languid nymphs sampling a long bolt of orange silk drifting down a hidden staircase are right out of Balthus and the knowing smiles of a tableful of women devouring turkeys are a sly … read more… “Rosa Loy’s Leipzig dreamworld”

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Toenges, Tollens and the love of paint

“Michael Toenges and Peter Tollens,” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Through Feb 23. German painters Michael Toenges and Peter Tollens, in thrall to the hedonistic, fleshy qualities of paint itself, explore different positions from the big, pluralistic manifesto of abstraction. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker reports that the love of painting may … read more… “Toenges, Tollens and the love of paint”

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German history paintings: Dix, Grosz, Beckmann, Meidner and Steinhardt

“Allemagne, les Années Noires,” or “Germany: The Black Years,” organized by Annette Vogel and Bertrand Lorquin. Musée Maillol, Paris. Through Feb. 4. In the NYTimes, Alan Riding reports: “It can be argued that Impressionism killed off historical painting, and with it the tradition of portraying military victories on canvas. Yet the genre was not quite … read more… “German history paintings: Dix, Grosz, Beckmann, Meidner and Steinhardt”

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Georg Baselitz retrospective at the Royal Academy

“Georg Baselitz,” Royal Academy of Arts, London. Through Dec. 9. In The Guardian, Adrian Searle reviews the Georg Baselitz retrospective at the Royal Academy: “For all the physicality of his art, he often appears to be chasing an image that wants to disappear. On a series of wooden panels whose surfaces have been roughly gouged … read more… “Georg Baselitz retrospective at the Royal Academy”

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Talking with Baselitz

“Georg Baselitz,” Royal Academy of Arts, London. Through Dec. 9. The exhibition includes works produced over the five decades of Baselitz’s career, from his earliest paintings, dealing with his own existential problems within German society in the post-war period, to his ‘Fracture’ and ‘Upside-Down’ paintings. Also included are some recent works which revisit themes explored … read more… “Talking with Baselitz”

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Richter “happy it wasn’t a failure”

Gerhard Richter’s Cologne Cathedral south transept window, unveiled this week with a special mass. Cologne, Germany. On artnet, Kimberly Bradley reports: “Prior to the unveiling, some observers had thought Richter’s design too modern and abstract. But three clerestory windows in the south and north part of the chancel — produced around 1300 — contain a … read more… “Richter “happy it wasn’t a failure””

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Preserving the Berlin Wall puts murals at risk

Adam Williams at Reuters: “Politicians and artists urged Berlin’s authorities on Monday to let them rebuild the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall before it decays beyond recognition as a reminder of the city’s grim history. In the spring of 1990, when most of the city was itching to tear down its most hated … read more… “Preserving the Berlin Wall puts murals at risk”

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The art of restitution

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s “Berlin Street Scene” (1913–14), on view at Neue Galerie, New York, NY. Through September 17. In the Village Voice, Morgan Falconer reports: “This show celebrates its arrival, bringing together similarly debauched urban imagery by Kirchner’s Berlin contemporaries. But while Street Scene is the showpiece, others outstrip it in decadence. George Grosz’s drawings … read more… “The art of restitution”

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