Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders - Bergisch Gladbach "FREUNDE TREFFEN SICH - REVISITED"

Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders - Bergisch Gladbach "FREUNDE TREFFEN SICH - REVISITED"

Manfred Boeker - Rainer Gross - Wolfgang Niedecken  9.July bis 19.November

Was diese Freundschaft bedeutet

Unser erstes Terffen an den Werkkunstschulen in Köln im Jahr 1971 wurde für uns drei ein unsere Leben veränderndes Ereignis, der unsere Beziehung zur Kunst, Musik und zum Leben für die kommenden Jahre verändern sollte. Wir malten, machten Parties nd freuten uns an der Freiheit, die Kölner Kunst und Musikszene kennenzulernen.

Unser gemeinsames Interesse an Dada inspirierte uns, uns selbst Gruppe Schizo zu nennen. Bewegungen, die sich auf Humor beriefen - von Fluxus bis Pop und Konzeptkunst – waren unglaublich wichtig für uns. Wir nahmen alles. Wir benannten Ready-Mades auf kölsch mit Ess fäädisch. Wir bewunderten die Arbeiten von Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter und Joseph Beuys, wussten aber instinktiv, dass wir uns davon absetzen mussten.

Für mich bedeutete das, meine Umgebung radikal zu verändern, aufzubrechen, um neue Orte kennenzulernen und um zu gucken, was sich entwickeln würde. Genau zu derselben Zeit suchte der amerikanische Maler Howard Kanovitz einen Assisteten für sein Studio in Köln zur Vorbereitung seiner Teilnahme an der documenta V in Kassel im Jahr 1972. Ich war neugierig und nutzte die Gelegenheit, mit ihm zu arbeiten. Daraus wurde eine drei Jahre währende Zusammenarbeit, die mich von Köln über London nach New York führte, wo ich noch immer lebe und arbeite.

Ich lebte zuerst in Howards Studio an der Second Avenue und St.Mark’s Place und entschied mich, in New York zu bleiben, als unsere enge Zusammenarbeit im Sommer 1974 endetet, um meine eigene Arbeit fortzuführen. Ich fand im gleichen Gebäude ein Studio, das ich beinahe vierzig Jahre beibehielt.

Weit entfernt von meinen beiden Freunden, hielt ich an vielen geteilten Erfahrungen fest, die sich tief in meine Erinnerung eingeschrieben haben. Neue kulturelle Einflüsse mischten sich nahtlos und verbanden mein deutsches Erbe mit meinem neu gewählten Zuhause. Über die Jahre bleiben wir drei enge Freunde.

 

What this friendship means. (Was diese Freundschaft bedeutet)

Our first meeting at the Werkkunstschule in Cologne in 1971 turned into a life changing event for the three of us that would keep nurturing our approach to art, music and life for many years to come.

We painted, partied and enjoyed our freedom to explore Cologne’s music and art scenes. Our shared interest in Dada inspired us to name ourselves the “Gruppe Schizo.” Movements that used humor—from Fluxus to Pop to Concept art—were all-important to us. We took it all in. We called “Ready-Mades” “es fädisch” in Kölsch dialect. We admired and absorbed the works of Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, and Joseph Beuys, but instinctively knew we needed to branch out from there.

 For me, this meant radically changing my environment, getting away to explore new places and seeing what would develop. At the very same time, the American painter Howard Kanovitz was looking for a studio assistant in Cologne while being included in Documenta V in Kassel in 1972. Naturally, I was curious and jumped at the opportunity to work with him. It turned into a three-year working relationship that took me from Cologne via London to New York where I still live and work.

I first lived at Howard’s studio on Second Avenue and St. Marks Place, and decided to stay in New York after our close association ended during the summer of 1974 to pursue my own painting. I found a loft in the same building and kept it for nearly forty years.

 Away from my two friends I continued to rely on many shared experiences deeply etched into my memory. Newly found cultural influences mixed seamlessly combining German heritage with my new chosen home. Over the years the three of us remained close friends.

 Rainer Gross - June 2017

Opening this weekend a joint exhibition with the sculptor Thomas Reiffenscheid at Galerie Rother- Winter

Opening this weekend a joint exhibition with the sculptor Thomas Reiffenscheid at Galerie Rother- Winter

This is the second exhibition we are doing together with the gallery.

"Ludwig II" finally being shown in Munich at galerie Filser und Gräf

"Ludwig II" finally being shown in Munich at galerie Filser und Gräf

After 40 years "Ludwig II in a golden frame" from 1977 it is being seen in Munich.

Arriving in the East Village in New York in 1972, I noticed the Bauhaus estetic had not made any inroads into Latin furniture design. Most funiture places in the area were full of elaborate baroque style headboards and "king style" chairs. So I decided to combine the new found late Latin Baroque with the offical portrait of Ludwig II, who was also late to this style. The result blended both experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galerie Graf und Schelble in Basel, Switzerland

Galerie Graf und Schelble in Basel, Switzerland

ENTR'EXPO Arbeiten auf Papier 19.April - 13.Mai 2017

 

Graf & Schelble Galerie Spalenvorstadt 14   T  +41 61 261 09 11   CH-4051 Basel         

www.grafschelble.ch   grafschelble@vtxmail.ch

Mojé Assefjah (DE)   Pepe Cerdá (ES)   Lucia Coray (CH)   Claudia Desgranges (DE)   Max Diel (DE)   Rainer Gross (USA - DE)   Tamas Konok (HU)   Kühne I Klein (CH)  Nelly Rudin (CH)    Christina Spoerri (CH)

 

Galerie Rother-Winter in Wiesbaden und Galerie Filser und Gräf in Munich

Galerie Rother-Winter in Wiesbaden und Galerie Filser und Gräf in Munich

New exhibitions "Contact Paintings and Impression and Strokes" in May - June 2017

Both galleries will show works this Spring. 

Galerie Rother - Winter Wiesbaden - May 13th until June 17th, (with Thomas Reifenscheid, sculpture)

Galerie Filser und Gräf - Munich - May 5th until June 16th, 2017  (solo exhibition)

https://www.filserundgraef.de/ 

https://www.rother-winter.de

 

 

Working with Howard Kanovitz

Working with Howard Kanovitz

An essay I wrote for the catalog of the recent Howard Kanovitz retrospective painting exhibition held at the Museum Ludwig in Koblenz

THE RAINER GROSS SONG BOOK VOL.1

THE RAINER GROSS SONG BOOK VOL.1

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE ON iTUNES AND AMAZON or listen to it on SPOTIFY or SOUNDCLOUD

08/24/2016

I wrote these songs over the last few years and spent time with some wonderful musicians here in New York recoding them. These arrangements incorporate many different genres. I am currently working on new material for Vol.2.  

 

 

 

Frederic Boloix Fine Art, Ketchun ID

Frederic Boloix Fine Art, Ketchun ID

Showing a selection of my paintings 2005-2015 in Ketchum ID. with Frederic Boloix Fine Art though February 2016.
www.boloix.com - 

CHORUS 72

CHORUS 72

 
Please join us for a collaborative performance: my series of paintings of the Kabbalistic 72 NAMES OF GOD and choral compositions inspired by the images
 
MC Gallery
549 W. 52nd St., 8th floor
New York City
Thursday, October 15th, 8:00pm
 
"Neo-Expressionism in Germany" @ China Art Museum - Shanghai

"Neo-Expressionism in Germany" @ China Art Museum - Shanghai

Neo-Expressionism in Germany 1960-1982 - China Art Museum - Shanghai

Two large paintings from 1978 and 1982 are part of this exhibition

Beijing Biennale 2017

Beijing Biennale 2017

My Twins painting "Double Mickey" 2013, 183x366cm was  part of the Beijing Biennale 2017 in the China Art Museum in Beijing

"Neo-Expressionism in Germany" China Museum Shanghai

"Neo-Expressionism in Germany" China Museum Shanghai

Two large paintings from 1979 and 1982 are included

July 30 - Oct 15th, 2014

Two  of my large paintings from 1979 and 1982 are included

Expressionism paintings impress at art museum

2014-08-08 

Shanghai Daily

The biggest exhibition this summer is now under way at the China Art Museum, the former China Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai.

Titled "Together: 2014 Gallery Group Exhibition," it involves an unprecedented seven exhibits simultaneously, all dealing with the style of expressionism. Paintings from Chinese and Western countries are included.

"Expressionism painting was almost a spiritual base for pursuit of China's earlier education at art academies," says Xu Jiang, director of China Academy of Fine Arts and chief counselor of the exhibition. "In fact, expressionism painting echoes with Oriental implicative painting.

"However, for a long time, Expressionism was attacked by the mainstream that was dominated with realism and traditional Chinese painting in the country."

In the early 1980s, under China's opening-up policy, Expressionism soon emerged as a rebellious spirit.

"One of the meanings of Expressionism lies in the power of observation," Xu says. "The mission of painting is actually making the invisible into the visible."

For visitors who are curious about the development of Expressionism in China or how the Expressionism trend varied in the West, this is a must-see exhibit.

"Through these seven exhibitions, we are trying to build a platform for an academic dialogue between the East and the West," say Shi Dawei, director of the China Art Museum. "For example, we selected the paintings from ten masters of Chinese art history of the 20th century to unveil the implicative style with Expressionism elements in Chinese modern painting."

Besides the Chinese heavyweights such as Guan Liang and Lin Fengmian, visitors will find Western masters like Ansel Kiefer and Jorg Immendorff.

"Today, the digital era almost thoroughly changed our life. Only a finger touch on your smartphone or iPad opens a new visual world," says Xu. "But through these exhibitions, we want to readdress the importance of hand labor in art with a profound consideration of life and art.

"Visual art is not about something that the finger slides or touches, I hope that more visitors can come and see the exhibitions here at the museum. The visual power and experience is truly hidden behind these artworks."

 

Two of my large representational paintings from 1979 and 1982 are included at the China Museum in Shanhai.