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Anton Kern Gallery: Bendix Harms - Lebenslieben - 5 Sept 2008 to 4 Oct 2008

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5 Sept 2008 to 4 Oct 2008
Opening Reception: September 5 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Anton Kern Gallery
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New York, NY
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Bendix Harms, Lebensliebe, 2007
Oil on canvas, 31 1/2 x 23 5/8 inches
Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, NY
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Artists in this exhibition: Bendix Harms


Bendix Harms
Lebenslieben
September 5 – October 4, 2008


August 1, 2008, New York—For his second solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, German artist Bendix Harms has put together a body of paintings and drawings called Lebenslieben or Loves of Life. The exhibition opens September 5 and continues through October 4. A 32-page, fully illustrated catalog will be available.

Harms' paintings confront the viewer with their nakedness. Stripped down to the bare essentials of painting, each work displays one image-idea, a precise title, a reduced palette of one color and black on white ground, loose and swift brushstrokes. They are typically done in one session, without corrections, but with a whole lot of determination. Each painting unveils the emotional bare skin, the life-story of the artist, while elevating it to a universal level where the viewer's subjective response to this psychological nakedness can stimulate feelings of liberation, and even shame. Love, grief, yearning, and a pointed zest for life define the artist's world, a quest for the naked truth and paradisiacal bliss.

Of course, the title Lebenslieben, the artist's Loves of Life, underlines this desire for life, for the new, for the future. Like tropical birds, the paintings strut like the cocky male of the species, brightly colored — red, purple, green, blue. Their beauty ensures ongoing life, attracting a mate for procreation, and waiting for the female to help protect the nest of eggs and offspring.

Harms studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HfBK), Hamburg. His work has been exhibited at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (2007), the Prague Biennial (2005), the Tirana Biennale (2001), and in gallery shows in Munich, Copenhagen, Madrid, Hamburg, and Cologne. He lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.






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