New York

Jutta Koether

Thomas Erben Gallery

Jutta Koether is an artist who paints, but she is not exclusively a “painter.” She is also a performance artist, musician, writer, and art and music critic. And while painting sometimes plays a supporting role in her performance art, in her music for example, it isn’t part of the mix at all. Yet her interests always overlap, establishing common ground. One such area is the aesthetics of punk, through which Koether channels German “bad painting,” East Village garishness, and flashy ’80s commodity art in a range of styles that are historically savvy yet burst with youthful energy. Critique is not part of the picture, nor is irony—Koether doesn’t appropriate earlier styles in order to empty them out or dissipate their power. Rather, she samples a range of good, bad, and ugly painterly genres with such verve that her paintings seem happy and carefree even if, at times, they verge on chaotic

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