Markus Lüpertz

Michael Werner Kunsthandel | Cologne

A tour of the abstract and concrete, a lasting impression of expression, less so of technique, a decorative aftertaste, art-historical contextualization with Aleksey von Jawlensky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, A. R. Penck, and Georg Baselitz among others. Markus Lüpertz titled the entire show after his series “Männer ohne Frauen—Parsifal” (Men without women—Parsifal). In the catalogue his work is described as reflecting an identity in constant development. The title refers, of course, to the medieval courtly romance of Wolfram von Eschenbach of the same name, and offers a bridge to Richard Wagner’s opera of 1877–82. In a direct connection to Lüpertz’s heads—with Lüpertz as a heroic painter—an interpretation of painting (and the painter) is established against this more-or-less literary background as the eternal search (the eternal searcher) for the ideal, for purity, for truth.

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