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Rudolf Stingel

Rudolf Stingel presents three portraits, straddling Europe and America, his own personal history and the history of art. The first depicts his New-York gallery representative Paula Cooper, an indefatigable pioneer and defender of the avant-garde; the second shows his friend, Austrian artist Franz West; and the last, dressed in a soldier’s uniform, painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, an eminent historical figure of German Expressionism. Painted from small format photographs that the artist dramatically enlarges without erasing the roughness, defects, blurring or signs of aging, these images are faithfully transposed via the painting. The illusion blurs the connection between the media so that a personal snapshot, a found photograph or a simple piece of ID is transformed into a monumental portrait.