Painting

Anton Henning Mixes Traditional Style with Elements of Modernity

May 18, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

On May 18th Tim Van Laere Gallery will be opening Anton Henning's second solo exhibition at their space in Antwerp, Belgium. Though Henning works with sculptures, drawings, films, photographs, musical pieces and entire environment installations, the focus of this particular exhibition will be on Henning's paintings.

Starting from an idea that "not everything has been said and done in art", the German artist will be showing a selection of flower still life pieces, nudes, a portrait and an interior piece. All painted "from scratch", strongly relying on unlimited range of his imagination and pictorial knowledge, these paintings are reinventing their subjects as well as displaying his masterful technique. With these pieces Henning redefines the classic genres such as still life, interior, portrait, nude or landscape, by combining the influence traditional art with elements from the modern day world. This mix of the ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture pushes the boundaries of genres as well as exposes cultural clichés through powerful pieces that evoke the aesthetics of Matisse, Picasso, Kirchner or Manet.––Sasha Bogojev

All photographs courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp