ALUSIONES-ILUSIONES

COLECTIVA

MICHAEL BIBERSTEIN, HERBERT BRANDL, PETER HALLEY, DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, IMI KNOEBEL, JONATHAN LASKER, JULIAN SCHNABEL

Seven abstract artists after postmodernism


Miguel Marcos gallery is proud to present the exhibition “Alusiones Ilusiones”, dedicated to the work of seven abstract painters born in the US and Central Europe during the Second World Postwar: Imi Knoebel, German, Herbert Brandl, Austrian, Michael Biberstein, Swiss, and the Americans Jonathan Lasker, Julian Schnabel, Peter Halley and Dennis Hollingsworth.

Their artworks collide around the postmodernism, after a decade of conceptual Imperialism. It is a generation of cult artists, teachers and theorists of the aesthetics, who grew up in a time of prosperity and technical possibilities. Beyond the theorico-utopical postulates of the historical vanguards, they set their bases behind prefixes such as neo and post.

Their artworks are compound of allusions, and also of illusions. Allusions to a historical past that should be recovered in it most formal version. Illusions that refer to the starting point where all the syntactic proposals lead us, far beyond formal ambiguity.

Sturm and Drang’s Central European idealism, sifted by Beuys and the most spiritual expressionism, animates Knoebel’s investigations –that follow Malevich steps-, Brandl’s misty landscapes and Biberstein’s chromatic breaths.

While North-American gesture tradition and the integration of conceptual proposals reveal in Peter Halley’s geometrics, the adventurous pastiche in Julian Schnabel –a big fan of Gaudi and Cy Twombly–, the calculating revisionism in Jonathan Lasker and the material accumulations, almost objects, in Dennis Hollingsworth.

They are allusions to the cosmos as a language, and to the language as an illusion. And they also are seven abstract proposals that create a nowadays outlook, an overview of the main pictorical trends beyond the isthmus, and far beyond the overcoming of the dichotomy between abstraction and figuration.