Untitled

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad
    Paul McCabe Fine Art, Stockholm
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Switzerland, Ortsmuseum Wolfhalden, FÖR HITZ OND BRAND, 20 May - 9 September 2007
    Gstaad, Patricia Low Contemporary, André Butzer, 6 October - 25 December 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    Known for a highly articulate style, somewhere between abstraction and figuration, André Butzer is a contemporary German artist that coined his own genre “Science-Fiction Expressionism”, where he creates works of colourful canvases covered with broad swathes of thickly-applied paint. Through the single figurative depiction of a female character in Untitled, Butzer returns to his personal universe of ‘Nasaheim’, which is a contraction of NASA and Anaheim, the city founded by German immigrants in the 19th century where Disneyland is now located. Portraying this explosive, chicken scratch, Guston-esque girl with large, rounded, cartoonish eyes, an inflated head and oversized hands, donned with a crimson and teal dress as a character living in ‘Nasaheim’; Butzer references Expressionism but also nods to Walt Disney, making a bold statement on mass culture in modern life and society. With striking contrast and variation in colour, Butzer allows hues, tones and tints of acidic reds, pinks, yellows and greens to be differentiated. He explains, “I consider myself a colourist, I will always be a colourist, nothing else. My vision is to create this endless colourism through the absence of naturalist ready-made colour. Visual art is an optical utopia…” (the artist quoted in André Butzer, Xippas Gallery, Paris, 2012, online). Butzer successfully taps into feelings of joy, aspiration and alienation with the use of colour and their exaggerated forms reveal an electric vibrancy. His works are in the public collections of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in Germany and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) among many others.

  • Catalogue Essay

    安德烈·布澤是一位德國藝術家,畫風介於抽象和具象之間,具有頗高的辨識度,他把自己的藝術類別定義為「科幻小說表現主義」,畫面色彩斑斕,充滿粗線條與厚塗顏料。《無題》 的女主角是畫中唯一人物,布澤回歸他自己的「Nasaheim」世界,那是「NASA」(美國太空總署)和「Anaheim」(安娜漢)的縮寫,後者是十九世紀德國移民建立的城市,現在是迪士尼樂園的所在地。筆下女孩線條潦草,呈現加斯頓風格,卡通造型眼睛碩大圓鼓,還有誇張的腦袋和特大的雙手,身穿深紅與藍綠色相間的裙子,是住在 Nasaheim 的人物。布澤不僅借鑒表現主義藝術,也對迪士尼表示肯定,對現代生活和社會的大眾文化作出大膽的宣言。藝術家透過顏色的強烈對比與變化,區分出紅色、粉色、黃色和綠色的調子和濃淡。他解釋道:「我視自己為調色師,我永遠都是個調色師,沒有別的。我的願望就是在沒有自然主義現成色的情況下產生無盡的色彩主義。視覺藝術是一個視力的烏托邦…」(藝術家,錄於<安德烈·布澤>,Xippas 畫廊,2012日,截自網路)。布澤成功利用顏色呈現歡樂、渴望和疏離感,人物誇張的造型帶來一種強烈的活力。其作品已被納入德國斯圖加特藝術博物館和洛杉磯郡立藝術博物館等公眾收藏。

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Untitled

2007
signed and dated 'A. Butzer '07' on the reverse
oil on canvas
80 x 60 cm. (31 1/2 x 23 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2007.

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 180,000 
€13,900-20,900
$15,400-23,100

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Danielle So
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019