Los Angeles

Lienhard von Monkiewitsch

Angles Gallery

In this post-Conceptual era, when most seemingly moribund painting justifies itself by playing the role of elegy for a “dead” Modernism, many artists have resorted to resurrecting and revising esthetic tenets from the past as a catalyst for propagating the “continued progress” of art itself. As a result, much post-Modernist pluralism, with its connotation of repairing the mystifications wrought by Modernism, is defined by the very same dubious ideology of the progressive avant-garde that it purports to deconstruct. Such contradictions are clearly born of a creative and ideological impasse: the need to justify the transcendental art object in an age when its historical and sociological relevance are in question.

Lienhard von Monkiewitsch’s recent work is typical of this dilemma. This West German artist’s current “wood-paintings” constitute a literal and metaphorical return to the purest of

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