New York

Rainer Fetting, Helmut Middendorf

Mary Boone Gallery | Chelsea

To the Anselm Kiefer school of Teutonic mythomania may not be added the lush paintings of Rainer Fetting or the frenzied works of Helmut Middendorf. For these young German painters, the romance of twentieth-century European art history is far more exciting than that of German legend. Perhaps the only pursuit more thrilling than this for each is the act of painting itself.

Fetting’s interest in naked young men in showers and bathrooms only superficially recalls David Hockney. His men just happen to be in bathrooms; their surroundings and states of nakedness aren’t nearly as sexy as the colors and shapes that define them. In Man in Mirror, a heavily outlined green-and-flesh-colored reflection of a figure stands, hands on head, looking back at himself (and out at us) from a mirror above a sink. Sink, walls, and part of the mirror are all a flat, brilliant aqua, and a small, round bar of creamy

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