Basel

Guido Nussbaum

Galerie Stampa

The works of Guido Nussbaum are characterized chiefly by a wrong-headed posing of problems that is usually solved with visual elegance. However, this somewhat exaggerated statement does not quite cover the matter. The wrongheadedness, rather than serving the idea of originality as an end in itself, arises from a highly self-conscious treatment of the subject matter. Thus, to a certain extent, Die Nasentafel (Nose tablet, 1988), a small oil painting on a tablet, is a consistent extension of the theme of the sensory organs—a subject often treated by this artist. In the upper half of the piece we see an oblong ornamental frieze of alternately right side-up and upside-down noses; through a precise chiaroscuro effect, the upper nostrils suddenly seem like eyes belonging to the down pointing noses. On closer inspection, the initially very alienating picture of a row of fragmented body parts

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