Rainer Fetting

Raab Gallery

In the center of the gallery’s main space was the “objective” key—a real goldfish bowl, full of real goldfish—to this highly opinionated exhibition. It was a statement of attitude, at once cynical and whimsical, on the goldfish bowl of the art world. The walls were covered with painting after painting of fighting or prowling fish, some with human heads, all looking rather truculent. Two little paintings—New York Fish Bowl (all works, 1989), of a bowl full of goldfish, and Empire Fish, of two fish fighting, with the Empire State Building in the background—made the point as explicitly as possible. For the last six years Rainer Felting has spent more of his time in New York than in Berlin, and these pictures represent his biting, sardonic view of this city and its art scene. Yet all is not bleak caricature; the fish are painted with a deceptively facile fluidity that is, in some instances,

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