02 May 2017

Fleischeslust: George Grosz in dialogue with Rainer Fetting, Sven Marquardt, Xenia Hausner, Jörn Grothkopp

Galerie Deschler Berlin

Reviewed by Vera Wilde

Shading overlays lines where the model moved while sitting. The same softness suggests that another model might, or might not, hold a negligee. To her right, white lines trace the painter working a canvas - a self-portrait in motion.

Light, suggestion, and movement mark Grosz's American nudes. Often criticized as a decline from the political art of his Berlin period, they showcase cross-genre technique while embracing plump, joyful eroticism. Their pairing with contemporary interlocutors in this show topped Berlin Gallery Weekend.

The other artists suffer as foils, underscoring Grosz's skill in celebrating sex, pleasure, and bodies without appearing objectifying (Grothkpopp), harsh (Marquardt), or removed in representing women's interior lives (Hausner). Under his brush, a fat woman's cunt attracting flies as she bends over gardening stirs sympathy, humor, and desire at once. Rainer Fetting's Angelika (1993) rivals this richness.

Exhibition Fleischeslust: George Grosz in dialogue with Rainer Fetting, Sven Marquardt, Xenia Hausner, Jörn Grothkopp link
Start date 21 Apr 2017
End date 08 Jul 2017
Presenter Galerie Deschler Berlin link
Venue Auguststrasse 61, Berlin, DEU map
Image George Grosz, Selbstportrait mit Akt, 1937, oil on canvas, 72 x 58 cm, courtesy of Galerie Deschler Berlin
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