Rainer Dissel

Rainer Dissel

This first American exhibition of works by the 33-year-old German painter Rainer Dissel proved an auspicious debut. Dissel is one of those artists with a “touch,” an innate ability to invest line, surface, and form with poetic conviction. Not merely facile, his paintings enter the realm of things sensed but unrevealed. Dissel’s work was recently included in the exhibition “Dimensions IV: New Painting in Germany,” which originated in Berlin and traveled to Munich and Düsseldorf.

Dissel studied at the Städelschulc the art academy of Frankfurt, with Johann Geyger, one of the practitioners of the European equivalent of Abstract Expressionism. But whereas those postwarartists pointedly eliminated representation in response to the propagandistic nature of Nazi art, Dissel is of the generation that, young enough to be sufficiently historically distanced, has resurrected the figure. This phenomenon

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