Turske & Turske

The centerpiece of this show of recent work by the Dutch-born artist Armando (mounted in collaboration with West Germany's Kunstverein Freiburg) was a group of paintings from the “Melancholie” series, 1986. With the theme of melancholy, Armando specifically addresses a mood that has pervaded and dominated his work and through which the characteristic union of beauty and horror in his work finds ideal expression. This means, among other things, that the painterly richness of these works must be seen against the background of World War II and the nature of Nazism, issues that Armando has been relentlessly and unswervingly pursuing for many years, not only as a painter but as a writer too. The roots of his involvement with these problems go back to profound experiences that shaped Armando's youth during the German occupation of Holland. The persistence and the variety of methods with which

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