Experience 17: STUDIO – June 7 until September 27, 2015
STUDIO marks the first exhibition of the work of acclaimed German artist Norbert Tadeusz (1940 – 2011) in Los Angeles and on the West Coast. Spanning the entire career of the prolific painter and draftsman, STUDIO will present about 30 paintings of mostly monumental scale. Tadeusz was among the first artists to study with the legendary Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf in the early 1960s and was himself a respected professor, teaching at the prestigious art academies of Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Braunschweig, and others. A contemporary of internationally renowned artists such as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Blinky Palermo, Georg Baselitz, and Jörg Immendorf, he has been associated with German figurative painting of the 1980s, often referred to as Neo-Expressionism or The New Wild. However, he always resisted categorization and insisted on the independent position as an outsider. Though Tadeusz is represented in major museum collections and exhibited widely in Germany and Europe, he is virtually unknown in the United States. ESMoA is pleased to introduce this exceptional painter to Southern California as its premier exhibition devoted to a single artist .
STUDIO invites the visitor into the world of the artist’s studio. Throughout Tadeusz’s 50-year career, the studio occurs consistently and frequently as a subject. Arrangements of ordinary studio objects such as stretcher frames, coffee cans holding paint brushes, random cables, and rolled-up canvases appear alongside fascinating architectural views of the studio space, with skylight shadows forming geometric shapes on the walls, or theatrically staged scenarios of bodies depicted from extreme angles. His powerful, intensively colored, and at times highly complex compositions reshuffle and reinterpret traditional motifs such as the still life, the nude study, portraiture, or genre painting. Reaching from quasi-abstract depictions of basic studio matter to spectacular circus scenes, Tadeusz obsessively mastered his medium in both smaller and monumental scales. By focusing on the diverse representations of Tadeusz’s studio in his own oeuvre, STUDIO also considers the trope of the artist studio in art history and examines the manifold notions of the studio in general: as a place that frames the artist’s relation to reality, as a private and a public space, as a set and a setting, as a circus and a stage, as a reality and a fiction.
STUDIO is organized by ESMoA in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The exhibition is curated by LACMA exhibition associate Nana Bahlmann and is accompanied by the fully illustrated exhibition catalogue The World is the Studio is the World, published by Daab Media, with contributions by LACMA’s Chief Executive Officer and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan, Nana Bahlmann, Bernhard Zünkeler, Director of artlab21, and the artist’s widow, Petra Lemmerz. STUDIO is part of an initiative by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to partner with communities and organizations in all five districts of Los Angeles County.