hamburg

Nina Kluth

Galerie Dörrie * Priess

Casual swipes of thickly applied paint, bright splotches, and spreading patches of color that occasionally allow a glimpse of bare canvas: Nina Kluth develops her paintings with a tempestuousness and roughness that is, in the end, carefully calibrated. Her virtuoso alla prima paintings often look nearly abstract on first glance, but invariably also resolve into naturalism. Although Kluth’s work is explicitly anchored in the depiction of landscape, this representational content is balanced by the emphasis she places on the role of color, the materiality of the paint, and her rich, surprising compositional choices. She is aided in this by her choice of subject: Kluth draws her motifs from the ubiquitous forms of urban vegetation, the typically scraggly “urban nature” typified by weeds hemmed in by walls and facades and forced into new forms—branches sticking out like spears, strangely

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