- June 1, 2010 – February 26, 2012
Jörg Immendorff was one of several prominent artists of the past four decades who studied under Joseph Beuys at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. (Beuys’ monumental sculpture, Lightning with Stag in its Glare, shared the gallery with this exhibition.) In these six paintings, Beuys is depicted numerous times, sometimes in full portrait mode, and sometimes more iconographically through references to his signature big-brimmed hat, his works of art, his hunting vest, or silhouette.
The paintings also include many other historical figures, ranging from Immendorff himself (shown serving cocktails to Beuys, who in turn lights the cigar of the great mid-20th-century artist-provocateur Marcel Duchamp), to Blinky Palermo (another Beuys student), Chairman Mao, Adolph Hitler, and Angela Merkel. Decoding the paintings is an exercise in 20th-century art history and politics.
This exhibition was the second in an occasional series of shows focused on Beuys and those influenced by his work and teaching (the first focused on paintings and sculpture by Anselm Kiefer). The exhibition series was organized in collaboration with and with the generous support of the Hall Art Foundation. The Beuys sculpture is on extended loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Jörg Immendorff, Marcels Erlösung (Marcel’s Salvation), 1988