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WERNER SCHMIDT "Berlin Blues"
March 10 - Apr 9, 2005
Thursday, 10 Mar, 6 to 8 pm

Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening  -  on Thursday,


10 March  -  of a solo exhibition by the German painter,  Werner Schmidt.


The exhibition takes its title  -  Berlin Blues  -  from that of a suite of five


paintings executed in 2004 which will be the focus of the show.  These


paintings share a structure in which four individual panels  -  each conceived


as a separate work  -  are joined as a quartet.  Through articulation of both


the palette and the edges of the individual components and the placement of


each within the quartet structure,  Schmidt is able to affect the visual and


kinesthetic response of the viewer to the complete work. 


 


In an essay for the catalogue which will accompany this exhibition, Dirk


Teuber, a German art historian and curator, discussed the difference between


the "suggestive infinite color space" achieved by Mark Rothko and Barnett


Newman in their mature works and the "naturalism" of Werner Schmidt, which


he associates not with the two heroic figures' search for a state of


transcendence in painting, but rather with the more process-oriented


approach of Schmidt (who, it should be notes, is an ardent admirer of their


work) in his combining of opening himself to a rapturous response to the visual


allure of the German landscape (both pastoral and urban), while finding


release through the demands and pleasures of the actual making of the


work.


 


As always, color is a major concern of the artist in the works to be seen.  He


continues in the specificity of his approach to painting:  the making of his own


painting mediums, the employing of relatively unusual materials (an archival


cardboard mounted on wood as a support), and the use of modular elements


to achieve a grander scale.


 


The artist was born in the Black Forest region in 1953.  For the past several


years, he has divided his time between studios in the town of Oberkirch and


Berlin.  The forthcoming show marks his fifth exhibition with Howard Scott,


following shows in 1997 and 2002 and two-artist exhibitions in 1993 and


2000-01.  His work is in numerous collections in Europe and in the United


States.


 


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Thursday, 10 MARCH  -  Saturday, 9 APRIL 2005


Reception for the artist:  Thursday, 10 March, six to eight p.m.


Gallery hours:  Tuesday through Saturday,  10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


 

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