EXHIBITION // ARNULF RAINER // GALERIE LELONG // PARIS

EXHIBITION // ARNULF RAINER // GALERIE LELONG // PARIS

Arnulf Rainer- Recouvrements // 10 Oct. - 16 Nov. 2019

Galerie Lelong & Co
13 rue de Téhéran
75008 Paris

. www.galerie-lelong.com

From the 1950s, Arnulf Rainer was known for his radical,deliberately anti-academic approachesin an Austrian art world that was still very conservative.One of these is Übermalung, or the energetic and partial or total coveringof a pre-existing image.

The  set  of  works  from  the  mid-70s  presented  in  the  Salon  belong  to  this  family  of  Übermalungen.They  are photographs,  mounted  on  wood  or  aluminium,  which  have  been  covered  in  black  paint  by  the  artist:  it  is  almost impossible  to  see  anything  of  the  underlying  image.The  new  form  sometimes  inspires  a  title:Skull,  Fruit,  Heap, Panel, Apron...or Rainer lets the viewer come up with their own.These small black paintings are charged with an intense dramatic and emotional potential which evokes a sort of expressionist minimalism, the slogan of which could be “less is more”.

Galerie Lelong & Co. has regularly exhibited Arnulf Rainer in Paris since 1985. He was born in 1929 in Baden (Austria) and since the 1980s has enjoyed international recognition.2019 is the year of the artist’s 90thbirthday, andtheAlbertina, a major museum in Vienna, will present from 27 September to 26 January a selection of the artist’s most important works from its collections, whilethe Arnulf Rainer Museum in Baden is preparing an exhibition for the end of this year.