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New York Painting

14.05. - 30.08.2015

Even though globalization has made us aware of the artistic production beyond Europe and the US and the art market searches for new promising talents in the world’s most remote regions, the metropolises’ artistic radiance cannot be dimmed. Considering the “surplus” of important artists that live and work in New York, it becomes evident that the city has lost none of its appeal. This is especially true for the vibrant painting scene that during the last years has been experiencing an increasing inflow of artists from the West Coast. Today, so it seems, painting in New York is as alive as during the times of abstract expressionism in the 1950s and pop art in the 1960s – the only difference being the visibility of the plurality of stiles and forms of expression. After the genre of painting had been declared dead for several decades, it has been enjoying an impressive renaissance with a generation of artists at its base that accept  no dictation of what to do and what not to do. It is without reservations and with every confidence that especially those artists born in the 1970s and early 1980s experiment with the medium of painting, which is why the show in Bonn will put its focus on this generation. The exhibition will include recent and latest works by eleven artists, ranging from the painterly experiments of Matt Connors, to the wild post pop painting of Eddie Martinez, to the neo-conceptual approaches of Antek Walczak and Ned Vena. Without prioritizing one painting style, the show will document the panorama of the genre of painting that has left its ideological battle for its existence behind and returned to playing a major role in art again today.

The project will continue the museum’s discussion of American painting which has already covered artists like Philip Guston, Robert Ryman and Brice Marden in the form of overview exhibitions.

The show will be accompanied by a comprehensive and richly illustrated catalogue including introductory essays by Richard Shiff and Christoph Schreier.

Participating artists:

Joe Bradley

Matt Connors

Elizabeth Cooper

Jeff Elrod

Amy Feldman

Ross Iannatti

Eddie Martinez

Ruth Root

Ryan Sullivan

Ned Vena

Antek Walczak


Opening: Wednesday, 13.5.2015, 8 p.m. 


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Sponsored by:
Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West
Hans Fries Stiftung, Köln

Eddie Martinez, Time Was, 2007, Acryl und Sprayfarbe auf Leinwand, 152,4 x 182,9 cm, Privatsammlung; Courtesy Zieher, Smith & Horton, New York

Antek Walczak, Now y u’re i k, 2012, Acryl auf Leinwand, 106,7 x 182,9 cm, Courtesy the artist and Real Fine Arts, New York

Joe Bradley, Love Boat, 2013, Öl auf Leinwand, 315 x 401,3 cm, Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise

Ruth Root, Ohne Titel, 2008, Email auf Aluminium, 152 x 244 cm; Courtesy Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska

Jeff Elrod, West Gray, 2013, Signiert und datiert 'Jeff Elrod 2013' (auf der Rückseite), UV ink und Acryl auf Leinwand, 224,2 x 224, 2 cm, James Diner, dsam partners, London

Ross Iannatti, Hysteresis/Large no.2, 2014, Silikonüberzogener Nylonstoff, Natriumazid, Holz, 305 x 427 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY, Foto: Elisabeth Bernstein

Ryan Sullivan, Ohne Titel, 2014, Öl, (glasierte) Lackfarbe, Latex, synthetisches Polymer auf Leinwand, 243,8 x 213,4 cm, Copyright: der Künstler, Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London and Maccarone, NY

Amy Feldman, POW!NOW!, 2013, Acryl auf Leinwand, 244 x 203 cm, Van Lierde Collection, Foto: Cary Whittier

Elizabeth Cooper, Ohne Titel (orange),2008, Öl auf Leinwand, 182 x 152 cm, Courtesy Galerie Anke Schmidt, Köln

Matt Connors, PANIC, 2012, Acryl und Farbstift auf Leinwand, 162,6 x 127 cm, Courtesy CANADA, New York