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Gallery Run: Why Painting Now?

Gallery Run: Why Painting Now?

Presented with a Daguerreotype reproduction on copper in 1839, French painter Paul Delaroche thought he saw the writing on the wall. “From today,” Delaroche proclaimed, “painting is dead.” Since then, almost two centuries have passed – and still, we paint.  But the question didn’t go away. The 20th century was full of questions about whether […]

Ernst Eisenmayer: The Dignity of Life

Ernst Eisenmayer: The Dignity of Life

Ernst Eisenmayer was just 18 when he was arrested in Saarbrücken in 1938, as he tried to escape to France. As a consequence, he was deported to Dachau. Now, the 92-year-old painter and sculptor looked me straight in the eyes as he paused to gather his thoughts. In his penetrating look is still written the […]

Vienna’s Summer of Discontent

Vienna’s Summer of Discontent

By mid-summer, 2012 had already been a fateful year for Viennese culture, unlike any since the devastating flu-season of 1918 that rent the heart of the Viennese Secession. That year claimed artist Gustav Klimt, architect Otto Wagner, and artist/designer Koloman Moser all within a few months – signalling the end of an era. Within just […]

A Portrait of the Artist as Diplomat

A Portrait of the Artist as Diplomat

Three strapping guards in trim blue uniforms stood chatting outside the gate to Haus Wittgenstein at Parkgasse 18 in the 3rd District. It was a balmy evening in late April, but happily still well ahead of the appointed hour, and the magic word Vernissage brought a friendly smile and a wave even before the invitation […]

Book Review: Julie Johnson’s The Memory Factory

Art Through Women’s Eyes If you were a painter or sculptor living at the turn of the 20th century, Vienna was an exciting place to be. And not just for men. Aspiring women artists could study at the prestigious Wiener Kunstschule, an art academy exclusively for women, and while closed out of the conservative Viennese […]

Anselm Kiefer: Texturing the Truth

The pleasant natural lighting falling through the skylights of the Essl Museum is not enough to override the grand dimensions, the darkness and decay of Anselm Kiefer’s works. His themes are elemental, like the structure of the cosmos in Horlogium and Norse mythology in the painting TBC (Hödur). Their presence is overpowering, addressing the transience […]

Gustav Klimt: Breaking the Mold

In his time, many people didn’t know what to make of Gustav Klimt: To the romantics he was trapped in ornamentation, to the purists in symbols. He was called a “purveyor of perversities,” yet also “provincial”. Traditionalists dismissed him as decadent, once naturalist described him as merely “irritating”. But to a small circle of progressive […]

Kunstverlag Wolfrum; Zetter; Galerie Otto

Wolfrum: the Art Publisher Unique among galleries, walking into Wolfrum is like stepping into the pages of a storybook: bookshelves lining the walls, curved staircases and a giant table set up in the middle with four busy women bustling around amidst book-ends and picture frames. Wolfrum is not just a gallery – it is a […]

Vienna Art Week: Preview

In November, art-lovers will flock to the city for the 7th annual Vienna Art Week, running from 14-20 Nov. Not only the City of Music, Vienna’s wealth in visual artists, ateliers, galleries and artwork is often underestimated, and only the biggest names – like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele are widely known on an international […]

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