Better than de Kooning

Cat. Villa Merkel Esslingen

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Andreas Baur and Marcus Weber
texts (German/English) by Andreas Baur, Esther Leslie, Marcus Weber and an Email conversation by Marcus Weber with Peter Saul
152 p with 50 b/w and 120 coloured illustrations
280 x 210 cm, softcover with flaps

ISBN 978-3-86442-137-2

29,80 €


»Better than de Kooning«, this title quoted for a group exhibition sounds like a terrible genre joke, because »nobody can paint better than de Kooning«, so it is an ideal title for a group show exhibition. Peter Saul paints during the mid-1970s a series of pictures of women that parodies the »Woman«-pictures (1950–53) of Willem de Kooning. He meticulously imitates the brush strokes and the impasto in a stylistic mix of Pointillism and Graffiti Art, turns up the colour regulator, and allows the abstract-expressionist painting and the women themselves to blend in a »Daliesque« manner, like soft ice cream (see the text »Un Autre Monde« by Marcus Weber and »Ice Creams, Atom Bomb, I-Screens, Data Bomb« by Esther Leslie in this book). In 2008, Saul paints another version of this cartoon-like, neon avatar and calls his painting »Better than de Kooning« …a relief of US reality.

Tim Berresheim, Jana Euler, Maria Lassnig, Lee Lozano, Michel Majerus, Dieter Krieg, Katrin Plavčak, Jon Rafman, Gunter Reski, Peter Saul, Matthias Schaufler, Jim Shaw, Amy Sillman, Sue Williams

Villa Merkel Galerien der Stadt Esslingen: 12/9–15/11/2015