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Michel Majerus

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One finds in the work of the young German painter Michel Majerus an array of disparate images and gestures—everything from colorful brushstrokes and blank surfaces to grinning cartoon faces and dark, morose scribbles. Given the abundance of visual imagery, it is almost impossible to form a coherent impression of the work. For his recent show Majerus installed thirty rectangular paintings in five rows so that one wall was entirely covered from floor to ceiling; he also installed four paintings in two rows, one above the other, on the opposite wall.

The paintings featured a face from a comic book, stripes, floating green bubbles, grids, nervous red brushstrokes, and various abstract shapes in a wide array of colors. These hinted at a plethora of pop and art-historical references including Donald Duck, Willem de Kooning, Warhol’s flowers, Georg Baselitz, monochrome painting, Nintendo’s Super

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