WORKS ON PAPER
FRIEZE LA - VIEWING ROOM
July 27- August 1, 2021
Nino Mier Gallery is pleased to present a series of works on paper by the German-born and based artist André Butzer for Frieze Los Angeles, which will run from July 27 – August 1, 2021.
One of the most recognized artists of his generation, Butzer is known for his anti-naturalistic world-building. His works delight in the painterly virtual, fusing an interest in Expressionistic and pop-cultural modes of representation. Cartoonish figures with few, but exaggerated features bubble up to, and sometimes command, the surfaces of his highly chromatic and gestural picture planes. Certain colors — like highlighter yellow — and forms — like the single, electrified stroke — repeat across his work in circuits. In this selection of works on paper, such formal refinement takes on a measured force.
There is localized pandemonium, but there is also negative space. Butzer’s aesthetic maximalism, more present within his canvases, is elegantly restrained in these works on paper characterized by a ludic sparseness that tickles and taunts.
The works on paper by Butzer have a “serene and seemingly liberated pictorial program,” wherein “impasto has given way to a translucent application in watercolor and fluid acrylic. Various dabs and brushstrokes are spread out on a white ground with transparent lightness. One occasionally discovers intricate lines, structures, and pencil strokes that stabilizes the picture plane. Their subtle chromaticity always arises from three primary colors, which are joined by prismatic colors by means of fine nuances.”
- Hannah Eckstein
Curatorial Director of the Kunstverein Friedrichshafen
“As a Draftsman, Butzer is as fiercely uninhibited as he is a painter, employing a vast repertoire of linear expression, from aggressively gestural scrawled marks to softer, sketchy stabs […] If, at the dawn of modernist abstraction, such expressive license served as a foil to the mechanization of the industrial age, Butzer’s drawings prompt us to consider what such properties might signify today, in our own post-industrial—and increasingly post-human—era”
- Gwen Allen
Professor of art history at San Francisco State University
“[André Butzer’s paintings and drawings] are tightly integrated within the mesh of relationships in the history of painting that precedes him. His motifs and rhetorical means thus make reference to diverse artists such as Matisse, Modrian, Jorn, Baselitz, Albert Oehlen, And Förg, to Art Brut artists such as Franz Kernbeis, and to numerous others. What remains decisive, however, as already in the work of Cézanne, is the specific temperament of the artist.”
- Kay Heymer
Head of Modern art at the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf