Axel Kasseböhmer

Westfälischer Kunstverein

Axel Kasseböhmer is one of the young West German painters whose works are marked by reflections on the history of art. Kasseböhmer’s medium is painting; his stylistic device is the quotation. Classical motifs such as figures, landscapes, and still lifes constitute his themes, but his methods are conceptual. They lead, by way of details, fragments, and homages, from existing paintings to new pictures based on pictures. A highly personal need for painting and a profound respect for preexisting works fuse on this conceptual level with a search for the relevant social basis of painting in our time. Now, with a ten-year survey of this artist’s oeuvre, the Westfälischer Kunstverein attempted to trace the development of Kasseböhmer’s concept—a rewarding enterprise, which, in a way, was brought up to the present in a complementary show of new paintings at Monika Sprüth.

The more recent still lifes,

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