Art Lies, Volume 47, Summer 2005 Page: 18
Neo Rauch, Hatz, 2002
Oil on canvas
Framed: 841/2 x 1001/4 x 21/4 inches
Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner, NY & Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig/Berlin
as Kevin Appel, Sharon Ellis and Adam Ross in exhibitions like Spot
Making Sense (Grand Arts, 1997), Abstract Painting, Once Removed
(Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 1998) and Glee: Painting Now
(The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000). Ellis and Ross paint
shimmering images of visionary, otherworldly landscapes, while Appel
is known for pale geometric depictions of imaginary modernist interi-
ors. Shared by all these artists is a new interest in form, long discred-
ited by conceptual art. More than simply retinal, neoformalist painting
appeals to the viewer's body through gesture, scale and the physicality
of paint. Meaning and reference to earlier art, cartoons, psychedelia and
science fiction are as significant as color, space and composition. Unlike
Formalist painting of the '60s, the existence of meaning does not criti-
cally dilute the nature of this painting.
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