cologne

Rosemarie Trockel

Michael Werner Kunsthandel | Cologne

This exhibition of new works by Rosemarie Trockel constitutes a virtually unified scenic entity. Film, sculpture, drawing, and painting, as well as objects, are fused here into a coherent mental and visual grid. In a very broad sense, these grids address the concepts of sacrifice, femininity, and dissidence, but internally, the grids also contain smaller units of dialogue. In a gallery devoted to showing the work of painters like Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, and A. R. Penck, Trockel’s works undermine the usual program. She approaches painting from the outside; for her, the painter’s tool is a merry machine. Instead of a grandiloquent painterly rhetoric, Trockel’s paintings offer the esthetic counterpoint: fine filigree within a restrained abstract structure.

The painting machine itself, a simple, almost crude technical construction, functions like a stencil instrument: 56 brushes, made

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