This is a series I began almost a year ago and wasn't sure where it was going, so I abandoned it- in the back of the stack, towards the wall, so I couldn't see my failure. But, with the new year and fresh from a vacation which included Zurich, I decided to take a new look. When in Zurich, I visited the Kunstmuseum and I cried for happiness that it someone could be so good and was angry at myself for not being a better artist. It was exhausting. Below is the description of the extraordinary exhibit.
This exhibition brings together the expressionistic oeuvre of the Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890 –1918) and works by the British painter Jenny Saville (b. 1970), for a fascinating dialogue between the virtuoso exponent of Viennese Modernism and a contemporary artist. The exaggerated, obsessive depiction of corporality compels the viewer to engage directly with the act of painting as a physical medium.
This is an open encounter between two artists separated by almost a century that unites contrast and convergence. The two visibly retain their autonomy, and Schiele is not posited as an influence on the later artist. While his work is presented in a loose chronological sequence, Saville’s paintings interact sometimes in isolation, sometimes in small groups of works or motifs. The airy hanging sets the visual tone, thus challenging the viewer’s perception. The exhibition confronts 35 paintings by Schiele with 16 large-format works by Jenny Saville as well as ‘studies’ that deal with texture and materiality – what Saville herself terms ‘mark-making’.
Some 55 works on paper offer an insight into Schiele’s mastery of the art of drawing. Presented in small groups focusing on selected themes, they reveal an artistic intensity that does not shy away from extremes.
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Here's to a NEW YEAR of progress and prosperity for all artists who take it all so seriously!
This is a particularly nice sale because I love this series and inexplicably to me, it just hasn't been popular. I was told by an art critic to dig deeper (?). I am really not that deep, so I thought to place the deep thinking on the viewer and create fictional portraits, about which, the viewer may determine the meaning framed in personal reference.
We think he is like a member of our family and a pleasure to have around. Now he will make another family happy because of his silent laughter.