Cat. Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
text (German/English) by Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, Guido Reuter, Stella Rollig
194 p with 120 coloured illustrations
300 x 240 mm, hardcover
New and brilliant works
Siegfried Anzinger has undertaken a radical departure with his new oil paintings and sculptures. In particular, he has broken with his trademark impasto application of paint, his particular pictorial way of figurative representation, his occasionally resonantly Italianate colour pallete, in short: with painting as painterly thinking. The effect is quite literally like a brilliant light suddenly shining brightly. Now, for example, Siegfried Anzinger applies the background tones quickly and in diluted form, and out of the detail of, say, an upward looping motion, he builds up something epic in a set of clearly stacked layers.
Thus the figures and scenes have, up to now, received our attention in a seemingly enclosed space, not unlike a chamber drama. Siegfried Anzinger has now torn open the curtains with his new style of painting and has set up a new stage for them. In so doing it is not only fantastic the way in which the images from all manner of cultural techniques (rock, pop, comic, Renaissance, and westerns) compete with one another to appropriate the sumptuous plunder, but rather the way – as though with a targeted dramaturgy – a painterly panorama is opened up in which hitherto the epic works by David, Delacroix or Gerricault have invited us to dream.
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, 26/11/2010–6/3/2011