Critics’ Picks

Untitled, 2004.


Christine Streuli

Sfeir-Semler Gallery | Hamburg
Admiralitätstrasse 71
March 26–May 15

Following recent solo shows in New York and Zurich, young Swiss artist Christine Streuli is exhibiting new work at Sfeir-Semler. Walking into the gallery, you’re struck first and foremost by the profusion of color: Streuli’s opulent paintings blend figurative and abstract forms into unique, chromatically intense images. Next to the larger works (often larger than six by six feet) are numerous smaller pieces that look like studies and that illuminate the artist’s process—showing, for example, her experiments with metallic or phosphorescent effects. Some of Streuli’s paintings seem hampered by what might be described as an overabundance of good taste, but when she’s at her best, her luxuriant surfaces yield plenty of innovative surprises.

Translated from German by Emily Speers Mears.