Matthias Weischer - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 13, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, New York: Sale: New York, Phillips de Pury & Company, Contemporary Art Part I, November 15, 2007, Lot 37

  • Catalogue Essay

    On closer inspection, the spatiality of the interiors Weischer creates by staggering and layering planes seems highly construed. His views or forms are reminiscent of installations. While interior painting increasingly distanced itself from strict representation over the past centuries and painting became freer, in the medium of the installation there has been a striving to blur the difference between art and reality. Weischer’s painting takes up this tendency and reverses it. The interior is always recognizable as a classical theme of painting which in the tradition of a specific genre explores the preconditions of its own medium. The irritating experimental mise-en scene is not just confined to the abstract or material impact of color plans and the artificial construction of space. The lighting too has no illusionist representational function. Light and shade become isolated, clearly separated planes. The light sources are not visible. The immobile materiality of the light makes time stand still in the image. The impression of a momentary insight gives way to the feeling of timelessness.

    (S. Pfeiffer, ed., Matthias Weischer: Simutan, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2004, n.p.)



Oil on canvas.
67 x 74 3/4 in. (170.2 x 189.9 cm.)
Signed and dated “M. Weischer 2003” on the reverse.

$250,000 - 350,000 

Sold for $302,500

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York