Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Neo Rauch

I saw an exhibition of Neo Rauch's work (an artist I have followed for quite some time) at the Metropolitan Museum. I was struck by the crisp acid colours and the scale of the work but also enjoyed the messy film of muddy paint on some of the paintings! Rauch is a fairly young artist who has gained huge critical acclaim (and fortune!) as a painter of the Leipzig School of Painting in Germany. It's interesting as the Leipzig School Art Academy style of painting died out after the rise of Abstract painting post World War 11. However, the Leipzig students of the 1990's turned this around by demanding a more rigorous academic curriculum - drawing from the nude, perspetive drawing and formal composition - which Rauch was one of the first to master, add to this a smattering of Social Realism and Pop Art and voila! a star is born!

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