Kerstin Brätsch

Balice Hertling | 47 bis Rue Ramponeau

In Kerstin Brätsch’s work, the autobiographical elements cannot be discounted. It’s important to keep in mind that this young artist was born in Hamburg thirty years ago and now lives in New York—this dual heritage deeply colors her work. Take, for example, her latest exhibition in Paris, “buybrätschwörst”: Its eighteen large-scale paintings on paper were presented in rotation at a rate of three per day, one in the window, one hanging as a room divider, and one attached to the wall with magnets. These works take as their target German Expressionism and its pose of virile heroism, which Brätsch enjoys both drawing from and bringing to its knees. Multicolored, synthetic, falsely mimetic, her paintings offer a feminized and ironic take on a macho pictorial tradition that has similarly served as fodder for artists like Sigmar Polke or Martin Kippenberger. Each painting had its own corresponding

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