Thursday, February 16, 2017

Contemporary Art: Adrian Ghenie @ Pace Gallery, New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - Adrian Ghenie is one of the rising stars of contemporary art and one of my favorite painters. I noticed his works first at a Christie`s auction in May 2015 (driveby). I indulge into his generous play with colors and his humor. I was impressed that some of his paintings sold last Fall at another Christie`s auction way above the estimates (auctions).  "Mr. Ghenie is enjoying nosebleed prices at auction", writes the New York Times (nytimes).

The prestigious Pace Gallery in Manhattan´s Chelsea district has now a Adrian Ghenie exhibition (through February 18th pacegallery). There you can see why the artist, who is born in Romania, is getting so popular. I display here my favorites from the show, a very subjective selection as usual (shot with a iPhone 7 plus). Let the images speak for themselves.

Above this post you can see the large "The Alpine Retreat" (2016, oil on canvas, 270.5 cm x 300.4 cm x 5.1cm). Above this paragraph follow "The Storm" (2016, oil on canvas, 184.2 cm x 200.7 cm x 5.1 cm) & "Crossing the Sea of Reeds" (2016, oil on canvas, 240 cm x 299.7 cm x 5.1 cm).

Above: "Rest During the Flight Into Egypt" (2016, oil on canvas, 240 cm x 290.2 cm x 5.1 cm) & "Moloch" (2016, oil on canvas, 210.2 cm x 200.7 cm x 5.1 cm).

Above: "The Pervert" (2016, oil on canvas, 50.8 cm x 35.2 x 2.5 cm).

                                                         Degenerate Art?

Above 3 paintings which all are called "Self-Portrait" (all 2016, oil on canvas)

Above "Degenerate Art" which refers to a term used by the Nazis in the 1930s, who did not like modern art and did not understand it (2016, oil on canvas, 200.7 cm x 179.7 cm x 5.1 cm).

Above "Lidless Eye" (2016, oil on canvas, 76.2 cm x 56.2 cm x 2.5 cm).

Above "Study for Degenerate Art" (2016, collage on board, 24.1 cm x 21 cm x 1 cm). This is one of the collages Ghenie created before developing the final painting (more here pace).


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