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Hatje Cantz

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Hardcover, 10 x 13.25 in. / 224 pgs / 170 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2010 p. 15   

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Leipzig
Museum der bildenden Künste, 04/18/10-08/15/10

Munich
Pinakothek der Moderne, 04/20/10-08/15/10

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Neo Rauch: Paintings

Edited by Hans-Werner Schmidt, Bernhart Schwenk.

Featured painting, "Pergola" (82 5/8" x 106 1/4") from 2005, is reproduced from <a href="9783775725217.html">Neo Rauch: Paintings</a>. Of the work, Hans-Werner Schmidt, Director of the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, writes, "The studio in this work resembles an open-air enclosure in a vacation-like landscape. A visitor offers the artist three busts—authoritative, old-master-like creations—that leave the painter speechless. The artist's work is hidden from us. The canvas stands between signet-like abstractions on the wall, the heads on offer, a phallic sculpture—a cross between organic grown and creative intervention—and the expanse of the landscape with its great variety of forms."When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the artist Neo Rauch was 30 years old, living in his East German hometown of Leipzig and just beginning to exhibit his paintings. It was the perfect moment for a painter who had been reared on Social Realism to gain access to art outside East Germany, to receive its influences into his art and to emerge onto the stage of world art as a star. At first closely identified with the generation of painters known as the Leipzig School, in recent years Rauch's wonderfully bizarre blend of Social Realism (not exactly a widely-mined style in contemporary art) with de Chirico or Stanley Spencer has come to be seen as a painterly barometer of post-Communist Europe. "Post-Communist Surrealism" could therefore be one way to describe the look of his canvases, which convey narrative intent--men and women from various historical eras performing obscure tasks in uniform, or midway through some ominous occasion--shifting styles several times within the same picture, but always displaying a lush brushwork. Rauch has established a particularly strong audience in the U.S., having been championed by The New York Times' Roberta Smith as the painter of the zeitgeist. Marking Rauch's fiftieth birthday and a simultaneous retrospective in Leipzig and Munich featuring works dating from 1982 to early 2010, this monograph is the most substantial appraisal of his work published to date. In it, his friends and colleagues supply testimonies, among them Luc Tuymans, Jonathan Meese and Michaël Borremans. Alongside essays by critics and historians, Timm Rautert provides a photographic portrait of Rauch's studio.
Neo Rauch (born 1960) was born, reared and trained as an artist in Leipzig, where he continues to live. In August 2005, Rauch was awarded the chair of painting at Leipzig University.

Featured painting, "Pergola" (82 5/8" x 106 1/4") from 2005, is reproduced from Neo Rauch: Paintings. Of the work, Hans-Werner Schmidt, Director of the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, writes, "The studio in this work resembles an open-air enclosure in a vacation-like landscape. A visitor offers the artist three busts—authoritative, old-master-like creations—that leave the painter speechless. The artist's work is hidden from us. The canvas stands between signet-like abstractions on the wall, the heads on offer, a phallic sculpture—a cross between organic grown and creative intervention—and the expanse of the landscape with its great variety of forms."

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FROM THE BOOK
"Absolutely nothing is certain in Neo Rauch's metamorphotic work. Via polyvalent meanings, allusions, and associations, rhetorical techniques, and thematic shiftings, he parts ways with his contemporaries. Neither time nor place, form nor content of his pictorial worlds can be fixed. The viewer's gaze falters in the depths of the painter's hybrid combinatorics. Rauch dreams in a calculated way, and he wisely withholds and encodes the motives of his image-breeding imagination. Each interpretation gets tangled in the maelstrom of tense uneventfulness characteristic of his opulent pictorial tableaus. The tableaus reveal themselves to him, as the essence of his work, in 'half-awake moments in which the flotsam accumulates in my catch basin and rearranges itself to a new organization…'--and the fictitious presence of memory speeds by like the feeling shadow of a dream before midnight."

Ulrike Lorenz, excerpted from his text to Neo Rauch: Paintings.

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