Neo Rauch


In fourteen large works on paper currently exhibited at the Albertina, Neo Rauch continues to render the somnambulistic figures enthralled by enigmatic rituals that have occupied his paintings since the mid- 1990s. Buffeted by the artist’s signature abrupt changes in scale, as well as spatiotemporal and psychological disjunction, Rauch’s narrative tableaux are now more complex in color, narrative, and composition; his paintings’ dystopic beauty has become more alarming.

Rauch has regularly alternated between working on paper and canvas. Paper resists the brush less than canvas, limits overpainting and correction, and encourages greater speed and improvisation, often resulting in passages more provisional than those in Rauch’s works on canvas. Most of his works here, like those on canvas of the past two years, are executed with a brighter palette and stronger color contrasts than one is

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