Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern "Barefoot Prophet to Avant-Garde Artist"

Michael Werner Gallery

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Michael Werner Gallery announces the first major exhibition in the United States of works by Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, "From Barefoot Prophet to Avant-Garde Artist". The exhibition includes over 30 works by the late German artist, many of which will be exhibited for the first time anywhere, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring a text by Dr. Pamela Kort.
In 1949, aged 57 and lacking any formal visual arts training, Schröder-Sonnenstern began to draw. An intense repertory of images rapidly poured forth from the artist's hand. Combining fragments from biblical, mythological, and literary sources, Schröder-Sonnenstern's roguish entities are at once farcical, demonical and highly erotic. His fantastical drawings are without iconographic precedent. Executed in colored pencil on paper and board, his otherworldly forms and scenes are often combined with texts penciled directly onto the surfaces of the drawings. The works attack bourgeois sensibilities at every level with a message that is both deeply dystopian and oddly euphoric.



from March 16, 2011 to April 30, 2011

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