Neue Frisuren Für Die Ewigkeit (New Hairs for Eternity)
You definitely will not find the contemporary paintings of artist Ronald Kodritsch (b. 1970, Austria) mentioned within historical conversations about modern aesthetics or color and form. His paintings are free-wheeling, loosely composed, and almost childlike in their sense of humor and composition. You can spot formal and thematic references in Kodritsch’s combinations of intuitive brush strokes and ironic/sarcastic/kitschy images, but he is very much his own artist in style and content. He also is not shy about using various mediums in making his artworks. This current monograph focuses on a new series of paintings and sculptures titled New Hairs for Eternity. In tongue-in-cheek style, Kodritsch incorporates familiar figures, such as ghosts and gnomes, or a large, sculptural gloppy head smoking a pipe. Refined execution is never his intent, but the works are always made with mastery of the mediums and a clear path to where he wishes to take the viewer. Essays by curator and media arts historian Andreas Spiegl and contemporary curator Angela Stief.
9 x 12 in. / 136 pp / 140 color
Retail Price: $69.00
Born in Ceylon and raised in Great Britain, Julian Lethbridge made New York his home in 1972. His style of painting is couched in American gestural abstraction, very much rooted in the post-1950s movement, referencing icons such as Jasper Johns, Philip Guston, and Jackson Pollock. Celebrated in a new monograph from a recent exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery (New York, 2013) and the CFA Gallery (Berlin, 2017) are Lethridge’s newest oversized paintings. Beginning with a grooved grid or gestural base, Lethbridge builds his compositions layer upon layer with seductive, luminous oil paints and pigment sticks. In an additive process that results in complex, textured images, Lethbridge constructs a dynamic interplay between surface, space, light, and depth. Included is an essay by noted New York–based curator and critic Robert Storr, and an artist interview by Camilla McHough.
8 x 11 in. / 64 pp / 44 color
Retail Price: $54.95
CFA GALLERY, BERLIN
PAULA COOPER GALLERY, NY