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  • Provenance

    Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    André Butzer is interested in the subjective emotions of the human psyche over and above the objective representation of reality, in the same manner as the early 20th-century German Expressionists. However, he fast forwards and adjusts Expressionism to the present age of mass consumption, globalisation and pop culture. Whereas the art of Ernst Kirchner, Emil Nolde and Max Pechstein was concerned with a return to nature and purity, Butzer discloses his inner life as affected by seriality, post-industrialism and mankind’s artificiality. In the present painting, Butzer confronts the viewer with a monochrome grey surface with a heavily processed texture. Wild strokes and violent scratches depict a multitude of smiley faces and SS skulls, playfully alluding to pop culture and Germany’s dark history. Another theme, also inherent to Expressionism and referred to in this painting, is Butzer’s balancing act between figuration and abstraction. Despite creating his artworks in an Abstract Expressionist manner, Butzer counteracts the supposed spontaneity of the act of painting. The concepts of originality and authenticity are called into question when the deliberate application of seriality becomes the underlying force of Butzer’s art.
     

24

Untitled

2006
Oil on canvas.
241.3 x 191.1 cm (95 x 75 1/4 in).
Signed 'A-Butzer' lower right.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £20,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010
London