Neo Rauch



In the June 2010 issue of Art in America, Gregory Volk described Neo Rauch’s paintings as “scruffy and elegant, cartoonish and old masterish, forthright and enigmatic”-a characterization that still applies to the Leipzig-born artist’s idiosyncratic body of work.  The new paintings in “At the Well” show figures engaged in odd activities set in equally puzzling environments. Sometimes, as in the large-scale diptych Heillichtung, a separate image of a similar painting in a different style and palette is “inset” into the canvas’s upper left hand corner. Other paintings, like Am Brunnen and Der Felsenwirt, are more monochromatic, with sepia or black-and-white palettes augmented by pops of bright color.