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Hilger modern

Hilger modern

Private Gallery
Galerie Ernst Hilger at Art Basel 2009, Booth K6 Hall 2.0
  Galerie Ernst Hilger at Art Basel 2009, June 10 - 14, 2009, Booth K6 Hall 2.0

The American sculptor and painter Larry Rivers (born 1923in the Bronx, NY, USA), whom critics saw as a revolutionary who deliberately opposed common and traditional movements for the thrill of challenging the status quo, succeeded in integrating his subversive ideas into Contemporary Art. They might be categorized as being pop-artish or neo-classic. One might name or define his work whichever way one wants, but the immanent vitality that derives from Rivers´restlessness and spontaneity is apparent. He once said to Frank O'Hara, an American poet, at a random party: "After all, it is life we're interested in, not art." Later in his studio, with no intention of contradicting himself, he said, "After all, it is art we´re interested in, not life." According to Frank O´Hara "his main interest was obviously in the immediate situation."

Erró regards painting as the pleasure of being able to talk back and provoke. He assembles his collages from media waste, creating ever new mixtures of the world of consumption and art history, of political propaganda and documentary photographs. His home-country Iceland did not turn Erró into a romanticist. By provoking ordinary people, he uses his sense of humor to fight against all horrors.

Collages and poems were special intellectual moments in the life of Jiri Kolar, which took place immediately before putting a poem on paper or making a collage. These were two options of putting his intellectual perceptions into concrete form. The pencil is exchanged against scissors, old newspaper and glue. The collages show pictures, reliefs and objects. The style and the design method were adapted according to the conditions of or the statement in every specific case. The artist created some uniformity by producing the same surface structure for the printed paper. It irritates the viewer that the artist refuses to endow objects with their own material nature. Jiri Kolar draws the viewer's attention to the essential point, to his artistic action. The quotations from different periods in art history demonstrate his particular sense of humor and wit, as well as his irony. Jiri Kolar was born in Protivin, Czech Republic, in 1914. In the forties, he was member of "Art Group 42". His publications and his public negative statements regarding the political regime ultimately led to prolonged prison sentences (in the fifties). Until 1989 the artist lived in Prague, he then went into exile in Paris. The artist, who maintained a highly active mind until the end (-2002), spent the last years of his life again in his home country.

Mimmo Rotella's works show his extraordinary creativity and openness to any new experience. As he was first confronted with the top rank of Pop Art at the Venice Biennale in 1964, he had nothing to fear for simultaneous presence which, to the contrary, only accented to his intuitive originality and good timing directed, as it was, toward that sphere of advertising - as the mirror of a society and time-, publicity and mass communications which the Pop artists had chosen as one of their preferred arenas for projecting their work into the consumer reality. The way of composition of Advertising communicates through posters, from the use of lettering to the kind of page layout, from the iconographic stereotypes to the choice of colors.

Mel Ramos' provocative paintings and prints put him on the map as an important Pop artist. Over 30 years along with the heroes and heroines of popular comic series, nude, female bodies of male phantasies depicted with bold outline and bright colours dominate his artistic oeuvre. They are not beautiful by nature in the classical sense, they are more farcically and constructed in their stainlessness and glamour. He supports this staginess by pairing them with artefacts of American consumerism, which are courting with their own seductive idealization. These pin ups, whose type he took from calendar art, the girlie illustrations and the Playboy magazine, are recovered in a synthetic world, bedded on fruits, at posing with larger than life consumer goods, at the game with lifelike animals, viewed trough a keyhole and shown in the same attitude as the great nudes of the art history.

Further artists at Art Basel 2009:
Daniele Buetti, Oliver Dorfer, Ivana Franke, Allen Jones, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Andreas Leikauf, Angel Marcos, Sara Rahbar, Miha Strukelj, Massimo Vitali, Andy Warhol.

Larry Rivers

Lampman loves it, 1966, plastic and painted wood mounted on box with electric light, mixed media, 75,5x61x7,5 cm

ErróBurgerking, 2007-08, oil on canvas, 100x99 cm

Jiri Kolar
Memoire du silence, 1981, object, collage, 60x60 cm

Mimmo Rotella
Rudy, 1999, decollage, acrylic on canvas, 190x138 cm

Mel Ramos
Lola Cola #6, 2009, oil on canvas, 78x102 cm
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