Neo Rauch: Renegaten
Text by Christine Mehring
Neo Rauch: Renegaten was published on the occasion of the artist’s third solo exhibition at David Zwirner in 2005. The exhibition presented ten large-scale canvases with an odd assortment of workers, students, military men, and other characters, against backdrops of mundane architecture, industrial settings, or bizarre and often barren landscapes. Also included is a text by Christine Mehring, writer and Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.
Publisher: David Zwirner
Artists: Neo Rauch
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 in (22.2 x 28.8 cm)
Reproductions: 20 color
Retail: $40 US & Canada | £25 | €34
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.