BAUR, Andres; WEBER, Marcus (eds.)
Better than de Kooning
Better than de Kooning, this title quoted for a group exhibition sounds like a terrible genre joke, because nobody can paint better than de Kooning, so it is an ideal title for a group show exhibition. Peter Saul paints during the mid-1970s a series of pictures of women that parodies the Woman-pictures (1950–53) of Willem de Kooning. He meticulously imitates the brush strokes and the impasto in a stylistic mix of Pointillism and Grafﬁti Art, turns up the colour regulator, and allows the abstract-expressionist painting and the women themselves to blend in a Daliesque manner, like soft ice cream (see the text Un Autre Monde by Marcus Weber and Ice Creams, Atom Bomb, I-Screens, Data Bomb by Esther Leslie in this book). In 2008, Saul paints another version of this cartoon-like, neon avatar and calls his painting Better than de Kooning…a relief of US reality.
With :Tim Berresheim, Jana Euler, Maria Lassnig, Lee Lozano, Michel Majerus, Dieter Krieg, Katrin Plavčak, Jon Rafman, Gunter Reski, Peter Saul, Matthias Schaufler, Jim Shaw, Amy Sillman, Sue Williams