Thomas Scheibitz - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 16, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne

  • Exhibited

    Cologne, Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Thomas Scheibitz: Casa Amalia Index, May 6 - July 29, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    Thomas Scheibitz combines a reflection on the avant-garde of painting in its moment of transition with subtle yet obvious references to Malevich, Mondrian, and Schiele. Those artists expressed the impossibility of negotiating reality with abstraction, while Scheibitz attempts in each work to bridge the gap between an abstract and realistic vision. Once more, painting becomes a symbolic vessel to address a more poignant issue: how utopia can incorporate the real, how a society built on ideals can confront the rough necessity of everyday life. Scheibitz’s fragmented vision is a quest to regain the unity of the painted image, a unity that seems not to belong any longer to contemporary society. While not detached from the canvas like Gerhard Richter or fully immersed in it like the German Neo-Expressionists of the 1980s, Scheibitz maintains a safe distance from his subjects to achieve simultaneously an analytical attitude and a compassionate disposition. The painting as a final product is, for this artist, simply an occasion to understand better his own position in the world.
    F. Bonami, Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting, London, 2002



Oil on canvas. 
118 1/8 x 74 3/4 in. (300 x 189.9 cm).

$120,000 - 180,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

16 May 2008, 10am & 2pm
New York