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Mahlergruppe, The Great Workaholic, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 57 x 51 1/8".

Mahlergruppe

Galerie Christine Mayer

Mahlergruppe, The Great Workaholic, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 57 x 51 1/8".

Painting is the art of bringing something into being on a surface. This involves analytic, discursive, and sometimes subversive possibilities. Painting’s formal attributes have been pursued to exhaustion in the history of the medium, but the sort of painting that lays claim to sociopolitical relevance has become somewhat rare. The field of the explicitly political has seemingly been ceded to other media and genres. How painting can now be practiced as a critique of our age without falling prey to the irony of the 1980s or drifting off into a moralistic position is evident in the work of the Mahlergruppe, which was founded in Munich in 2008. The name puns on “group of painters” (Maler) and the famous composer, as well as the verb “to grind,” mahlen.

Visitors to the show “Look. Navigare necesse est” (Look. Navigation Is Necessary) were confronted by a series of large-format acrylic

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