Alex Kasseböhmer

Galerie Monika Spruth

The 12 paintings in this exhibition by the Düsseldorf artist Axel Kasseböhmer were related by a single concept. This was a continuation of a principle elaborated in his earlier works: that an artist’s ideas about theoretical issues of painting should be recognizable in his or her style. As before, these new paintings (from 1987) focus on the possibilities of the still life. But while the paintings in his previous exhibitions incorporated familiar elements of the works of well-known artists (from Zurburán’s light to Picasso’s animal skulls), here he has combined various styles of 20th-century still-life painting with elements of decor and pattern, sometimes on wood, sometimes on canvas.

The central image in most of Kasseböhmer still lifes is an old-fashioned coffeepot (or sometimes a goblet or a carafe), superimposed on a wallpaper-like painted and/or collaged background. This background

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