Michael Werner Gallery, London is presenting an exhibition of recent paintings by Markus Lüpertz. The exhibition is currently available to view online and will open at the Gallery once the current coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions lift. Painted over the last four years in Italy and Germany, the paintings masterfully combine Southern and Northern European painting traditions while presenting work that is new, innovative and contemporary.
The art historian Eric Darragon has called Lüpertz a contemporary artist who wants a future for his works and finds it by thinking about the past. In this new body of work, Lüpertz returns to the theme of Arcadia, a classic, pastoral utopia. Figures are pulled from Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age paintings, given identities as characters from Greek mythology and placed into idyllic landscapes, largely inspired by the surroundings of the artists studio in Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Germany. A veteran painter who has exhibited internationally for nearly sixty years, Lüpertz continues to explore art history and classicism and introduce new materials and methods in his oeuvre.
Markus Lüpertz (b. 1941, Liberec, Bohemia) is one of the most important and influential artists to emerge from post-war Germany. In recent years major retrospectives of his work have been shown at Kunst-und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (2009); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2011); The Hermitage State Museum, St. Petersburg (2014); the Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2015); the Hirshhorn Museum and the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (2017); and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2019).
Markus Lüpertz: Recent Paintings is available to view online at www.michaelwerner.com
from 14 January 2021 and will open at Michael Werner Gallery in London when the current coronavirus restrictions lift.