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Claus Goedicke, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Marais, 2004

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25 January—27 March 2004
Salzburg Villa Kast
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Overview

 As an academic painter and restorer, Figarella masters old-masterly painting techniques and uses them in a hidden way: at second glance, a supposed splash of paint or the grain of wood turn out to be painted in minute detail.

 

Dominique Figarella was born in Corsica in 1966. He lives in Montpellier and in Paris. His pictorial invention is one of the most unusual in contemporary art: in his works, half pictures, half sculptures, he incorporates Plexiglas, tennis balls, foam rubber, chewing gum, photographs and combines these set pieces with gestural, mostly monochrome painting. Wood is usually used as the carrier of the picture. As an academic painter and restorer, Figarella masters old-masterly painting techniques and uses them in a hidden way: at second glance, a supposed splash of paint or the grain of wood turn out to be painted in minute detail. While a work is being created, the artist photographs this very 'work in progress' in order to then integrate the photograph or parts of it into the painting. After the picture is wet while being photographed, the studio situation, or the artist himself, is reflected in the photograph. The German photographer Claus Goedicke was born in 1966...

Dominique Figarella was born in Corsica in 1966. He lives in Montpellier and in Paris. His pictorial invention is one of the most unusual in contemporary art: in his works, half pictures, half sculptures, he incorporates Plexiglas, tennis balls, foam rubber, chewing gum, photographs and combines these set pieces with gestural, mostly monochrome painting. Wood is usually used as the carrier of the picture. As an academic painter and restorer, Figarella masters old-masterly painting techniques and uses them in a hidden way: at second glance, a supposed splash of paint or the grain of wood turn out to be painted in minute detail.

While a work is being created, the artist photographs this very "work in progress" in order to then integrate the photograph or parts of it into the painting. After the picture is wet while being photographed, the studio situation, or the artist himself, is reflected in the photograph.

The German photographer Claus Goedicke was born in 1966 and is the last master student of Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Art Academy before Thomas Ruff took over this class. Goedicke mainly photographs contemporary still lifes, and here again mostly plastic bottles against a monochrome background. Our exhibition includes the artist's latest works: monochrome plastic bottles against a monochrome background.

We also show six new large gouaches by Georg Baselitz showing Albert Einstein playing the violin. These represent the preliminary highlight in the artist's group of "monumental watercolours", some of which were presented for the first time at the Albertina in Vienna in autumn 2003.

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