Published by Kerber. Text by Wolfgang Max Faust, Heinrich Klotz, Helmut Middendorf, Walter Grasskamp, et al.
This publication documents the exhibitions of large-scale paintings by German artist Helmut Middendorf (born 1953), from the late 1970s into the 1980s. Archival photographs and previously unpublished images help provide a glimpse into the art scene in Berlin and New York at that time.
Since the mid-1980s, Helmut Middendorf (born 1953) has created collages, sketchbooks and paintings that satirize the enormity of contemporary media waste, from magazines and newspapers to digital downloads. This publication documents a selection of work made between 1994 and 2012.
Helmut Middendorf incorporates found images from comic strips, tabloids and art history in his layered, frenetic paintings. In an interview included in this catalogue of works from the last ten years he lists some of his artistic inspirations: Schwitters, Rauschenberg, Guston and Warhol, and also the novelist Bret Easton Ellis, a line of whose he has employed as a title of several paintings: "We slide on the surface of things."