Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Lebenslieben ” featuring works by Bendix Harms in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Lebenslieben ” featuring works by Bendix Harms in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Lebenslieben ” featuring works by Bendix Harms in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Lebenslieben ” featuring works by Bendix Harms in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Lebenslieben ” featuring works by Bendix Harms in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery.

Works

This is a painting titled MS Kollerup by artist Bendix Harms made in 2008. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 98.5 inches by 70.875 inches.This is a painting titled Marievogel by artist Bendix Harms made in 2008. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 90.5 inches by 70.875 inches.This is a painting titled Käpt'n Kollerup by artist Bendix Harms made in 2008. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 78.75 inches by 98.5 inches.This is a painting titled Lebensrock by artist Bendix Harms made in 2008. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 74.875 inches by 98.5 inches.This is a painting titled Herr Harms by artist Bendix Harms made in 2008. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 90.5 inches by 70.875 inches.

Press Release

Bendix Harms

Lebenslieben

September 5 –
October 4, 2008

August 1, 2008, New York—For his second solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, German artist Bendix Harms has put together a body of paintings and drawings called Lebenslieben or Loves of Life. The exhibition opens September 5 and continues through October 4. A 32-page, fully illustrated catalog will be available.

 

Harmsʼ paintings confront the viewer with their nakedness. Stripped down to the bare essentials of painting, each work displays one image-idea, a precise title, a reduced palette of one color and black on white ground, loose and swift brushstrokes. They are typically done in one session, without corrections, but with a whole lot of determination. Each painting unveils the emotional bare skin, the life-story of the artist, while elevating it to a universal level where the viewerʼs subjective response to this psychological nakedness can stimulate feelings of liberation, and even shame. Love, grief, yearning, and a pointed zest for life define the artistʼs world, a quest for the naked truth and paradisiacal bliss.

 

Of course, the title Lebenslieben, the artistʼs Loves of Life, underlines this desire for life, for the new, for the future. Like tropical birds, the paintings strut like the cocky male of the species, brightly colored — red, purple, green, blue. Their beauty ensures ongoing life, attracting a mate for procreation, and waiting for the female to help protect the nest of eggs and offspring.

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