whitehot | June 2008, Neo Rauch @ David Zwirner

Neo Rauch
David Zwirner
May 12 through June 21, 2008

Neo Rauch’s paintings are said to be of dreams or by dreams. Rauch’s work was described as a “neo-romantic socialist realism by way of Courbet, Delacroix, surrealism and Kippenberger,” but also touches on Pop Art. The light seems to come from underneath in early canvases as any good Renaissance painting should, post conservation. Rauch’s 2005 at David Zwirner, Regeneration, was aptly so. Versed in pictorial scenes; rich in their landscape, interiors, and narrative, there is even suggestion of historical reference points marked by Communist propaganda strangely twisted or enhanced.

Installation view of Neo Rauch at David Zwirner, 2005 from left: Neo Rauch’s Neue Rollen, 2005 (diptych, oil on canvas),
and Höhe, 2004 (oil on canvas), Courtesy David Zwirner, New York and Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin/Leipzig