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Theo Lambertin

Ernesto + Krips Galerie

Theo Lambertin has an antiprogram. Where interpreters like to discuss his work in terms of subjectivity, poetry, psychology, and mystery(the “French disease”), Lambertin actively disappoints such expectations. His paintings are about objectivity, they are prosaic, ironic, and they flirt with banality. Most of all, they are political, though not in the sense of trying to give direct commentaries on the current social situation. Some of the paintings consist of acrylic on photographic linen, confronting the viewer with at least two motifs. One, nearly unidentifiable, is the subject of a photograph—sometimes a human being or an unimportant object; the other, mainly in light-brown and white color, is a nonobjective painting, covering large sections of the photographic backdrop. All this could seem like an arbitrary juxtaposition of normally disregarded reality with generic abstraction. But

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