Konrad Lueg, Handtuch (Hand Towel), 1965, casein on canvas, 78 3/4 x 57 1/8".

Konrad Lueg

Greene Naftali Gallery

Konrad Lueg, Handtuch (Hand Towel), 1965, casein on canvas, 78 3/4 x 57 1/8".

For some, making art is a second act: Henri Rousseau was a tax collector prior to retiring, at age forty-nine, to paint; Frederick Wiseman taught law before filming his first documentary; Grandma Moses picked up the brush in her seventies. Others, like Maureen Paley and Pat Hearn before her, channeled youthful creative inclinations into different art-world pursuits. In the late 1960s, Konrad Lueg forsook painting to open Berlin’s Konrad Fischer Galerie (he had taken as his artistic nom de guerre his mother’s maiden name). Before becoming a beloved and legendary dealer, however, he was a charter member, with Kunst-akademie Düsseldorf classmates Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke, of Capitalist Realism, postwar Germany’s rejoinder to Pop. (A fourth fellow traveler, Manfred Kuttner, subsequently turned to advertising.) This exhibition, Lueg’s first solo American-gallery presentation

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