Cologne

Monika Baer

Galerie Luis Campaña

Those who know Monika Baer’s early paintings might be struck momentarily speechless by the artist’s recent work. Her large new canvases feature eyes and mouths, sketched in pink, swimming on a white ground. Some of the eyes gaze at the viewer; others look up, glance to the side, or are closed. The lashes are finely rendered, the shadows around the eyelids painted with delicate precision. They lend the eyes a sculpted, even plastic appearance, allowing them to bulge almost monstrously from the canvas. In some of the pictures, the mouth is closed and only barely hinted at. When it is shown open, however, the white teeth stand out, lips arching across them. In place of the nose, Baer has painted a somewhat ghostly pig’s head on one canvas, a crucifix on another—or, alternatively, simply cut a hole into the middle of the canvas.

These images seem far removed from the “Mozart Series” with which

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