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Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin : TAL R and DANIEL RICHTER - 23 Mar 2013 to 20 Apr 2013

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23 Mar 2013 to 20 Apr 2013
Tue - Fri 10 - 1 and 2 - 6 Sat 11 - 5
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Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 10
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TAL R
EGYPTIAN BOY
23 Mar 2013 to 20 Apr 2013
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Artists in this exhibition: Tal R, Daniel Richter


TAL R - EGYPTIAN BOY

23 Mar 2013 to 20 Apr 2013

Contemporary Fine Arts is pleased to present the exhibition „Egyptian Boy“ with new sculptures by Tal R.

With their artistic transgenre universality and patent radicalism, Tal R’s ceramic sculptures are embedded in a dense network of precursors and contemporaries. Tal R is fascinated and inspired by much older traditions of sculpture firmly rooted in religious and social behaviour. Most notably the votive offerings – i.e. body parts for healing purposes proffered in supplication; as an essential component in popular belief, they were numbered among the extraordinary archaeological finds from a Celtic river shrine dating from the first/second century AD at various points where the Seine rises in France and where hundreds of wooden figures have been excavated: heads, which had even been stacked in piles, hands, legs, torsos, posts and whole figures, often evincing the most rudimentary formation.

With the new sculptures, the artist formulates a “body alphabet” of items that sometimes come very close to the votive figures in formal terms. Their gaudy colourfulness and shiny glazes render them unmistakable, and they too oscillate between individuality and anonymity. They are imbued with an existential quality, but at the same time, they are fun and light.

Tal R’s Egyptian Boy is situated precisely at this critical interface. His sculptures are both absolute, individual inventions and yet anonymously valid formulations. They are equally interesting when viewed individually and, indeed, when one reflects intellectually upon their integration into the artist’s overall work and into a rich sculptural tradition, or when one experiences their abundance in a studio space or a closely staged exhibition.

Above all, Tal R’s sculptures are great fun. His aesthetic obsessions, his insatiable appetite for images is as existential as it is entertaining. His sculptures are naive and refined at the same time; they offer both the informed and curious viewer a wealth of associations and direct experiences. They are simultaneously virtuosic and amateurish, reflective and genuine, artificial and authentic, vulgar and absolute, pure childlike innocence. Who could ask for more?

(Excerpt from the catalogue text by Kay Heymer)


DANIEL RICHTER - 6 NEUER BILDER

23 Mar 2013 to 20 Apr 2013

Contemporary Fine Arts is pleased to present the eighth solo exhibition with Daniel Richter since 1995.

In the last twenty years, Daniel Richter’s work has passed through various stages of development. From the initial abstract-ornamental paintings he created between 1994 and 2000 to the works influenced by a politically informed realism from the turn of the millennium, his oeuvre has constantly developed. In this new exhibition, the artist surprises with six new paintings that mark a turning point and after years of the assumed “narrations”, lean on colour and composition again, however, availing from Richter’s examination of landscape in the last decade.

In these new, still large-sized paintings, colours are exploding and assert themselves to the benefit of the reduction of the figuration.

Outlined as well as vague and indefinite colour fields are put into the foreground and are crossed and pierced by “colourflashs”. Richter’s new paintings thus elucidate the ambivalence of the juxtaposed concepts of abstraction and figuration- of which the later artist frees himself- andn playfully dissolves them.

The 1962 born artist lives and works in Berlin.

Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin






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