In L.A.: Daniel Richter @ Regen Projects

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012
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Regen Projects is pleased to announce the gallery's second solo exhibition with German artist Daniel Richter. Entitled
A concert of purpose and action, the show includes bold, new paintings that explore the boundaries of social order against the backdrop of anarchic disorder. Richter's current works reference war, abstraction, rock and roll, history, our shared recent past, and the political present. The exhibition title is derived from Woodrow Wilson's 1917 declaration of war on Germany, where the US President describes the role and purpose of America in relation to freedom and democracy worldwide. Richter's large-scale paintings question the context of history painting in a society whose historiographic idea of progress has been significantly altered, hence Richter's lone, heroic figures depicted singularly or in an ecstatic mass. These protagonists embody the various contradictions presented by the work: fear and joy, darkness and light, paranoia and security. 

Within these strikingly colorful and exuberant works appear inhabitants of a mountain region whose landscape is composed of abstract patterns that reference natural or geological systems. Drawing from a complex visual vocabulary, Richter's nomadic spaces allow for the intersections of exoticism, myth, and reality. The concept of the sublime in Richter's large-scale tableaux characterizes contemporary natural landscapes that are inundated with an ideology from which their greatness is derived, both splendid and terrifying.


Following are a few images form the opening, however this is an exhibit you should definitely try to check out in person. —Amy Duran

Above image:

Daniel Richter
Ooa2
2011
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 106 1/3 inches (200 x 270.1 cm)
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Daniel Richter

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Daniel Richter
The sublime
2011
Oil on canvas
78.74 x 118.11 x 1.57 inches (200 x 300 x 4 cm)
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Daniel Richter

 


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Daniel Richter
Another wasted night
2011
Oil on canvas
78.74 x 106.3 x 1.57 inches (200 x 270 x 4 cm)
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Daniel Richter
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Daniel Richter
The big smile
2011
Oil on canvas
78.74 x 118.11 x 1.57 inches (200 x 300 x 4 cm)
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Daniel Richter


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Daniel Richter
Such a little love, such a small affair
2011
Oil on canvas
78.74 x 118.11 inches (200 x 300 cm)
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Daniel Richter

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Last 3 images:

Daniel Richter
Installation view: A concert of purpose and action
Regen Projects II, Los Angeles
January 7–February 18, 2012
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Photography by Brian Forrest




Daniel Richter
A concert of purpose and action
Regen Projects

Through February 18, 2012





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