Anne Loch

Kunstverein; Monika Sprüth Galerie

For many years now, Anne Loch has been painting only landscapes, and almost never any human beings. At most, an animal may stray into one of her landscapes—as in the picture featuring a herd of buffalo (shown at the Kunstverein in Bonn) or the impressive depiction of an eagle perching on a mountain peak against a radiant blue background (at Monika Sprüth). The exhibition in Bonn consisted almost entirely of a series of mountain landscapes and a series of flower paintings, all painted in 1987. In each of the former, the mountain always looks the same while the color of the background is different; and the latter are compositions of almost kitschy motifs in a variety of bright colors. There were only three paintings in the Cologne show: a landscape with a blue lake, a flower painting, and the painting of the eagle. These works, which convey an air of decadence, bring up the problem of beauty

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