Neo Rauch “The juxtaposition of people and things”

Neo Rauch	Der nächste Zug,Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
Neo Rauch Der nächste Zug,Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm

“In Der Nächste Zug (The Next Move/The Next Draw) (2007), one of a suite of paintings on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, two dandies sit and smoke in the foreground, momentarily lost in thought. Behind them, a couple—a man and woman, perhaps; it’s hard to tell—has sex. A painter’s palette, a large book and a claw-like object are stacked on a nearby canopy bed. A smear of gray oil paint—a brushy affectation—floats in front of it. The space depicted is fairly sensible; the juxtaposition of people and things inhabiting it is anything but.”

“Rauch painted large canvases in a style that hovered somewhere between Socialist Realism and Pop Art…”

A slideshow of the Rauch portfolio at the New Yorker.

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