Georg Baselitz, Rashid Johnson, William Daniels: Group show

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MARUANI MERCIER is honored to present three solo exhibitions of artists Georg BaselitzRashid Johnson and William Daniels at The Warehouse.

Georg Baselitz became known for his figurative, expressive paintings and sculptures in the 80s. His expressionistic mark-making is characterised by bold colors, forceful brushstrokes, and the incorporation of folkloric or archetypal subject matter. “I begin with an idea, but as I work, the picture takes over. Then there is the struggle between the idea I preconceived and the picture that fights for its own life.” Baselitz often addresses issues related to German national identity post-World War II, particularly the role of German artists.

 

Rashid Johnson is working across the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography, and video. Through a narrative Johnson incorporates everyday materials and objects into his work, often related to his childhood, bringing the question of his personal past and identity within the larger context of African American intellectual and creative history. His complex multidisciplinary practice incorporates diverse materials rich with symbolism.

 

William Daniels pushes photorealism into abstraction. He constructs a maquette out of aluminum foil and scraps of paper. Then he produces an oil painting based on his model, recreating iconic historical works— including paintings by Georg Baselitz. Daniels has built a career transcribing light: "Painting by its nature is just painting light".

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