Mind Palace,2009, enamel and oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches
From March 16 until April 27, 2012 the kunstgaleriebonn will be showing a solo exhibition of the artist John Zinsser: New York Paintings.
Central to our presentation are his vibrantly colored paintings done over the past three years that reveal his intelligent and energetic approach to the theme of painting.
Weidle Verlag has published a catalogue to accompany this exhibition, which contains a key article by Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg, Director of the Kunstmuseum Bonn. He writes:
“The first remarkable thing about John Zinsser’s most recent paintings is their presence. Physically vibrating, the electric glow of their color triggers a gut sensation in the viewer. This painting entices us to engage with it in an extremely sensual way, though not unconditionally or unconsciously. It is not about being artistically overwhelmed, which would require an act of submission or surrender on the part of the viewer. Rather it is a proposal for entering into a dialogue. One that gives us a chance to talk about how, from out of the tradition of American postwar abstraction and in particular, Abstract Expressionism, paintings may be produced that allow us to perceive where they come from, even as they make clear what distinguishes them from this tradition.”
Since the beginning of the 1980s, John Zinsser has been part of the New York art scene, where he lived at the legendary Chelsea Hotel for many years. This is the departure point for the interview the art critic Dr. Peter Lodermeyer conducted with Zinsser for the catalogue. The conversation specifically addresses the intense atmosphere of those years and recalls the many encounters with artist colleagues.
As a catalyst of recent abstract painting, Zinsser is a protagonist of this scene.
Opening: March 15, 2012, 7 p.m.
Introduction: Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg, Director of the Kunstmuseum Bonn
Exhibition: March 16 to April 27, 2012
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 11 – 3 p.m. and by appointment