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Peter Dreher, Tag um Tag Guter Tag Nr. 0 (Day) (Day by Day, Good Day Nr. 0 [Day]), 1972, oil on linen, 10 1/2 × 8 3/8".

Peter Dreher

Koenig & Clinton

Peter Dreher, Tag um Tag Guter Tag Nr. 0 (Day) (Day by Day, Good Day Nr. 0 [Day]), 1972, oil on linen, 10 1/2 × 8 3/8".

In her recent collection of essays and interviews, Lynne Tillman filed her interview with German artist Peter Dreher in a chapter titled “U for Unheimlich.” This categorization rather marvelously signals the artist’s main achievement: his transformation of a perfectly ordinary object into something eerie. Dreher has painted the same glass on the same table in his studio every day since 1974, and in so doing, he has made this simple thing deeply unsimple; the recent installation of 134 of these paintings at Koenig & Clinton was nearly vertiginous in its suggestiveness.

The premise of “Tag um Tag Guter Tag” (Day by Day, Good Day), 1974–, can be digested in an instant, but comprehending the series scope requires more than a glance. Each painting is small, nearly square, and executed on burlap, board, or aluminum. At Koenig & Clinton, the selection of works was installed in an eye-level

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