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11.17.2010

Rauschenberg and Kiefer at Gagosian

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
What a feast for the eyes! Those exhibitions are so amazing. And as usual in every Gagosian exhibition, works are beautifully exposed. For those who may don't know, Robert Rauschenberg was an American artist dead in 2008. He was best know for his Combine Paintings: two-dimensional paintings made of non-traditional materials and objects. Anselm Kiefer is a German born artist who lives and works in Paris. He is known for his works based on themes of German history and the horror of the Holocaust.

Rauschenberg was one of the first artist who mixed art and the mess of life and one of the most inventive. His inspiration came from the immediate and the incidental. He created a new visual language based on collage and mixture between painting and sculpture. He rejected traditional conventions of unitary meaning advanced by hight art. He always tried to experiment new ways to create and construct a pictorial surface. Throughout this exhibition you'll see the Monochrome Paintings but also some Combines, other huge paintings and sculptures such as those made of cardboard.

The Kiefer's exhibition is the first one in New York since 2002. This show is very intense and deep but not too oppressive. As we could have imagine. The main subject of this exhibition is the installation Occupations which is based on the series of photographs from 1969 in which he appears making the HitlergruB in front of European sites of history. Int he room you definitely feel the weight of history and the horror of the war. But it's not disturbing. It's even kind of beautiful and touching.

Both in Chelsea, these exhibitions are totally different but if you have, go for it. They are very impressive and they both run until December 18th...

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