Text by Christian Viveros-Fauné
This fully illustrated catalogue was published on the occasion of the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at David Zwirner in 2008. The exhibition presented new paintings by Rauch, which feature a colorful cast of characters, ranging from sturdy women workers to dandified men in topcoats. Amongst the works on view was the striking painting Parabel (2008), which depicts a fallen painter with a noose tied from his neck to a blank canvas. Available in hardcover, this catalogue includes a text by art critic Christian Viveros-Fauné.
Publisher: David Zwirner / Steidl
Artists: Neo Rauch
Contributors: Christian Viveros-Fauné
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 9 3/4 in (21 x 24.8 cm)
Reproductions: 17 color
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Neo Rauch’s paintings are characterized by a unique combination of realism and surrealist abstraction. In many of his compositions, human figures engaged in manual labor or indeterminable tasks work against backdrops of mundane architecture, industrial settings, or bizarre and often barren landscapes. These figures, though squarely centered in his paintings, often have the appearance of being part of still lifes devoid of a human presence or collaged elements belonging to different time zones. Scale is frequently arbitrary and non-perspectival, which adds to an overall dreamlike atmosphere; the spatial relationships construct their own imaginary realm.