Portrait of a Roman woman on a flat roof. (Max Klinger, 1891)Olaf Bisschoff
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100cm x 100cm
Oil on wood
Aspects of some of these artworks are blatantly appropriated- Notably the work of Finnish non-figurative abstraction and the Russian Avant-garde Supremacist movement. This is the fine artist as con-artist. This series of works is a celebration rather than a statement of the fact that there is ‘nothing new’ to be made art- wise. Well known art work titles are appropriated for the new paintings, giving the paintings a certain ‘back to school’ flavor. Color use and a sense of 'automatic' composition are at the forefront. Squarely falling into the ‘mid-century’ modernist revival, these paintings are testing already used images in another painted setting. The works function in an idiom of painting that has been re-hashed before, and certainly will be again.