Thursday, November 5, 2020

A German Painter’s New Rule: ‘Never Answer a Critic’

By Thomas Rogers

“Die Wurzel,” or “The Root,” a new work by Mr. Rauch on display at Eigen + Art.Credit...via Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig and Berlin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Gordon Welters for The New York Times
LEIPZIG, Germany — Last spring, the German newspaper Die Zeit received a surprising piece of reader mail, from Neo Rauch, one of the country’s best-known artists. It wasn’t a letter, but a photograph of a large painting he had produced in response to a recent article. The article, by the art historian Wolfgang Ullrich, argued that Mr. Rauch was contributing to a rightward tilt in the country’s art scene, and pointed to public statements Mr. Rauch had made criticizing political correctness and railing against activists’ “Talibanization” of daily life. These positions are also reflected in his art, Mr. Ullrich wrote.... Mr. Rauch’s painting in response showed a man whom many presumed to be Mr. Ullrich defecating into a chamber pot and painting with excrement. [More
Neo Rauch in his studio in Leipzig, Germany, this month. Sixteen of his new works are showing at Eigen + Art Gallery in the city. Gordon Welters for The New York Times

Quelle: Neo Rauch