Great Surprise from Leipzig
Oct 07, 2011 until Oct 31, 2011
Group show (2 artists)
Hartwig Ebersbach, Ulf Puder
Fine arts from Leipzig, Germany, are recently receiving a lot of attention from collectors, gallerists and art experts around the world. For example, two world-renowned arts fairs, Art Basel and Art Cologne in 2005 were inundated with inquiries about whether they had works from Leipzig. Such a high interest in fine arts from Leipzig results from the fact that the number of collectors who want to own pieces by artists from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig have increased since the late 1990s. The popularity of the German art, which has been shrouded by the British contemporary art, is rapidly growing in the global art market, and artists from Leipzig are getting more spotlight than any other German artists. As yBa(Young British Artists), the epitome of British contemporary art, consists of artists graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design and Goldsmith University of London, yGa(Young German Artists) consists of artists from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, which has been highly recognized as the best art college in Europe that has a long history of literalism and figurative art. The reason that artists from Leipzig called 'Leipziger Schule' are creating a sensation in the global art market can be found in the background of their works. Profound philosophy coming from between the unique tradition of German arts and the national ideology and individual artists' subjective expression are reflected in their works. Under the circumstance in which the reviews from critics about various attempts by postmodernism are mixed with positives and negatives and a desire for new painting are skyrocketing for the 21st century, a long tradition of painting lasted by artists from East Germany and their distinctive artist expression, which have been veiled for so long and so are not known to the West, are attracting attention from many collectors, gallerists and art experts. Moreover, the identity and value of the Leipzig art have been highly recognized in the global art market since the 1990s.
Two Artists from Leipzig
Most of the artists from Leipzig, who have gradually become well-known to the Western world since the 1960s, were from the era of DDR(Deutsche Demokratische Republik), so they had to accept cultural policies presented by the socialist party and the government at that time. Even though they had to follow socialist standards and regulations, they had obvious desires for expressing their own languages and traditions in their paintings. As a result, many pieces manifest artists' fear, wishes and feebleness at the same time, because they kept pursuing their own unique styles even when they had to produce realistic paintings demanded by the authorities to use their works for socialist propaganda.
Hartwig Ebersbach(71) and Ulf Puder(53) are the protégés of Bernhard Heisig, the representative artist of the Leipzig art in the 1960s as well as the central figure of 'Leipziger Schule,' and they are all from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, the central axis of East German contemporary art. When it comes to a way of artistic expression, it can be said that Hartwig Ebersbach's works were born by his self, dreams about the outside world and mythical imagination. He has named his works after his brothers since 2000, and his paintings include unique images with strong colors and bold brush strokes, such as someone who appears to tell fortunes with an animal's intestine, or a figure that looks like an animal striding in the blue sky. His ways of expression by making a blank part of a canvas in contrast with the texture of thick paints on the canvas shows his innate passion.
On the other hand, Ulf Puder's works emanate a remarkable artistic aura, and look still on the surface unlike Hartwig Ebersbach's works that embody dynamic and moving images. Well-ordered and restrained brush strokes are in complete contrast with those in Hartwig Ebersbach's paintings. Images in his paintings can be placed in the middle of abstractionism and realism. In addition, they look like the scenery in between the past and future. Unstable temporary portable houses look familiar but incomplete. Also, the houses, which are simply expressed as colorful boxes, seem to be disassembled, so they somewhat look surreal. The atmosphere of isolation and loneliness in his works give the audience an impression that they are looking at a ghost city abandoned by people. The surreal atmosphere and gloomy silence are harmonious and very natural. He mainly used heavy and opaque pastel colors in the past, while contrasting colors are being notably used in his recent works. The two artists' philosophical depth and figurative competence have amazed many collectors and art experts.
The Essence of the Leipzig Art
The exhibition of Great Surprise from Leipzig will introduce significant works by the two representative artists of the Leipzig art. In particular, it will display various works that secretly harbor the artists' critical views on unfamiliar factors demanded by the reality, the undeveloped economy and the manipulation of public opinion at that time. The exhibition will provide a good opportunity to enjoy those works, which were regarded as outdated arts in the past, but have recently drawn much attention, revealing their potential values. The exhibition for introducing 15 works by Hartwig Ebersbach and Ulf Puder, who have carried on the essence and tradition of the Leipzig art, will open to the public from October 7th to 31st, 2011. It will be a great chance for the audience to meet the essence of the Leipzig art, which astonishes the world.
- UNC Gallery