Adrian Ghenie @ the Romania Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, 2015

by James Lipovac DSC03729

This image of a giant Venus Fly trap dwarfing a man in a trench coat standing underneath a menacingly heavy sky was a stand-out at Ghenie’s speculator painting performance at the 56th La Biennale di Venezia in the Romanian Pavilion.

I first came across Adrian Ghenie’s work at Pace in New York in March of 2013. A painter friend of mine encourage me to check out the show. The strength of the work is Ghenie’s ability to harmonize elements of abstract figuration and more realistic interpretations all in the same canvas.


I was excited to see what a fellow painter would do given the chance to represent their own nation, in this case, Romania. In his show “Darwin’s Room” Ghenie uses Darwin, evolution, and survival as themes for his grand brushwork and sheets of oil. He switches between and harmonizes intimate slow moments of finessed detail, larges areas of squeegeed paint, and thick sections of impasto.

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Tom LaDuke, Eyes for Voice, at CRG gallery, November through December, 2011

Howard Fonda at Mixed Greens, November 2011 through January 2012

Kaoruko’s “Aromako” at Mike Weiss Gallery, November through December 2011

Neo Rauch at David Zwirner, November through December, 2011

Neo Rauch at David Zwirner, November through December, 2011

Michaël Borremans at David Zwirner, November through December

Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner Sept-Oct 2011

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Alberto Giacometti drawings