Karin Kneffel at Gagosian

New Works
Karin Kneffel
April 28 - June 11, 2016


Karin Kneffel's new works are full of art historical reference and sensational trompe-l'oeil, the latter evidencing her training with Gerhard Richter at Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. This exhibition, Kneffel's first in Los Angeles, is the conclusion of a series of work that began with her 2009 exhibition at the Kunstmuseen Krefeld in Germany, which is housed in a pair of modernist villas designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and named for their former owners, Hermann Lange and Josef Esters. She was intrigued by the process of transformation by which domestic dwellings became art museums. In this exhibition, seven years later, Kneffel's gaze has shifted beyond Mies' architecture to the artworks that Lange collected. 

This is an artist’s story in pictures about a collector’s house and the art that filled it; the transformation of a private home into a public art museum; and, finally, the many twists and turns in Kneffel’s search to identify, physically track down, and imaginatively reunite, in paint on canvas, key artworks that once lived in Haus Lange, and which are now dispersed into other museum collections throughout Europe.
— Gagosian Gallery

The exhibition concept seemed a perfect fit for Gagosian's clientele - pedigreed artist, flawless photorealistic style, a sly and intense fascination with the inner workings of the art collector psyche, reference to not one but two modernist villas by Mies van der Rohe and numerous artworks by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, August Macke, Marc Chagall. I was impressed.


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