Monday, February 28, 2011

Kai Althoff in New York

Kai Althoff, Untitled (Kibbutzim), 2008-2009,
at Gladstone Gallery, New York.
Copyright Kai Althoff, courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York

Untitled, 2007
Oil, lacquer, tempera and poster on cloth;
38 3/4 x 32 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches (98.4 x 82.6 x 4.1 cm)

Untitled, 2007
Acrylic, oil and dispersion on cloth;
39 1/2 x 33 1/2 x 1 inches (100.3 x 85.1 x 2.5 cm)

Here's an excellent description of the new exhibition by this German Neo Expressionist artist at Gladstone Gallery New York. I have fallen in love with this artist and keep re-discovering his paintingsas an example of many of the elements I am trying to teach my students. However, until now, in my isolation in the land down under, I didn't know that he was also an installation and video artist, let alone a sculptor. I must admit from some of these photos in the New York review in Artnet by Elisabeth Kley that he may also NOT be a sculptor (in my view) and I am not sure that New York is receiving the best of his work. However, I have not seen this exhibition and I am sure that the experience of the environment he has created would be far better than portrayed in these small photographs.
However, if you don't know his paintings, it's worth your while to go on a safari - you'll be well rewarded.



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