Milan

Caro Niederer

Le Case D'Arte

Caro Niederer made good use of the limitations inherent in exhibiting in a single room by creating a microcosm of her work since the mid-’90s, from the series “Brown Paintings,” 1997–2003, “Interiors,” 1984–2003, “Wall Carpets,” 1993, and “Shelves,” 2001–2003. Though tightly hung and confronting the viewer with an initially surprising mix of media and styles, the various works gradually revealed themselves as parts of a fluid, self-referential artistic practice. The “Brown Paintings”—like Kinder auf Schwanschaukel (Children on a Rocking Swan), 1999, a small work depicting the artist’s son—are based directly on holiday snaps, family portraits, and events from the artist’s private life. Some, like Wesendock Villa, 2002, and Strand mit Menschen (Beach with People), 2001, recall the intimism of artists such as Gabriele Münter and Gwen John but are entirely contemporary in their simultaneous

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