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Felix Droese

Galerie Zwirner

Felix Droese has been a hot tip for quite a while, although the quick success currently being achieved in Germany and elsewhere by such groups as MühIheimer Freiheit has eluded him. Droese, comprehensively presented here with an exhibition of scissors cutouts, objects, and drawings, is not easily categorized: his drawings in particular, and his poster for the Polish Solidarity movement, reveal some kinship with the expressively anarchistic gesture of other members of his generation (he was born in 1950), but the pointers in another direction are far more numerous. In the catalogue for the “Heute” section of last year’s Westkunst exhibition, in which his contribution was surely one of the most noteworthy of the new art. Droese quoted James Joyce’s Ulysses. It is tempting to suppose that he is skeptically, aggressively, and ironically aware of the contradiction between the artistic vision

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