New York

Helmut Middendorf

Bonlow Gallery

No matter what one may think of it, “neo-Expressionist” painting has become the dominant mode of art production on both sides of the Atlantic. Studios and art schools everywhere are once again dirty with the traces of much frenzied paint throwing. As a convenient label “neo-Expressionism” is the most popular because the least specific, but when considering this kind of work I think it important to separate out artists who may be less interested in reviving an expressionist ethos than in using a look for a variety of more or less interesting ends—artists one might want to identify as “pseudo-Expressionists.” This distinction aside, however, the expressionist style will be with us a while.

But as the style has spread it has become clear that it is most often merely a style, and a carelessly understood one at that. Despite the rhetoric of authenticity that has been developed to surround and

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