Amelia von Wulffen

Greene Naftali Gallery

It’s been argued that thirty-eight-year-old Berlin-based artist Amelie von Wulffen is working in something like a “new German Romantic” vein, and, in her first solo show in New York, any number of her photo-and-paint collages hinted at an urge to recycle the well-known aesthetic strategies of the early nineteenth century. Swapping Sturm und Drang for more recent cultural imperatives, Untitled (Sunset/ Fax Machine/Schiele) (all works 2003) shows a Friedrich-meets-Monet seaside sunset casting its inspissated rays over an unexpected range of subjects including, as the title suggests, a fax machine and a Schiele nude. The image, like most of the works on view here, comprises photographs and elements of photographs that give way to, and whose imagery is extended by, expressionistic strokes of watery acrylic paint. Both representational means are thereby rendered equally mutable, epistemologically

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