Neo Rauch: para
Texts by Werner Spies and Gary Tinterow
Neo Rauch: para was published on the occasion of the artist’s 2007 solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, which traveled to the Max Ernst Museum in Brühl, Germany. New paintings were created specially for this exhibition, which was the third in a series of solo shows dedicated to artists’ midcareer at the Met. The exhibition’s title para appears in several of the works – a title that Rauch employs to set in motion a string of associations with the prefix: paranormal, parallel, paradox, and so forth. Available in hardcover, this bilingual catalogue (English and German) includes texts by art historian and curator Werner Spies and Gary Tinterow, the Met’s Engelhard Curator of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art. Also included is a selection of over 40 excerpts about the artist’s work over the course of ten years.
Publisher: DuMont Buchverlag
Artists: Neo Rauch
Contributors: Werner Spies, Gary Tinterow
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9 x 11 3/4 in (22.9 x 29.8 cm)
Reproductions: 32 color
Retail: $38 US & Canada | £25 | €32
Status: Out Of Print
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.