Wednesday 25 May 2016

Erwin Bohatsch

Erwin Bohatsch at the Albertina, Vienna.

This was the fourth (!) exhibition we saw in one day at the Albertina, and by the time we got to it we were totally 'arted out'. We did not linger long, just long enough to get a general idea and to take some photos. But, I am glad we did because I did not know the work of this artist, and seeing my photographs again has been a pleasure.

Erwin Bohatsch was an influential member of the Austrian group known as the New Savages, an 1980s movement whose aim was to counter the Conceptual art of the 70s, leading to a renewal of the aesthetic phenomenon of painting. Reflecting on Classical Modernism, the group's themes were guided by an interest in approaches to ethnographic research and the theories of Claude Levi-Strauss.

Since the 1990s Bohatsch has increasingly devoted himself to Colour Field painting. With his technique of applying bands of colour to create almost monochromatic paintings, of partially sealing off layers of the image and veiling them with paint, he focuses on colour and light, the determinant aspects of painting.

Untitled, 1999-2001

Untitled, 2014

Untitled, 2014

Untitled, 2014

Untitled, 2009

Untitled, 2009

Untitled, 2002

Untitled, 2004

Night Picture, 1992

Untitled, 2015

Untitled, 1996

Untitled, 2009

Untitled, 2006

Untitled, 1997

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