German painter Norbert Schwontkowski’s vision of the world is profound, enigmatic and, frankly, grim. His lonely figures, surrounded by potent symbols from the natural and man-made worlds, give off a sense of menace and sadness. The Bremen-based artist, born in 1949, has had an influential career largely in Europe; after many years out of print, this new publication makes his work accessible again. The paintings are so distinctive that Jens Hoffmann (deputy director at the Jewish Museum, New York), calls them Schwontkowskiesques. The artist’s tragicomic canvases conjure a meeting between Francis Bacon and Edward Hopper on a train to doomsday. Featuring texts from Anna Ballestrem, Jens Hoffmann and Florian Waldvogel.
Exhibition catalog / Hardcover / 9 1/2 x 13 inches
120 pp / 85 color
Retail Price: $49.95
KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG, GERMANY