Ull Hohn “No Great Mysteries”

Greene Naftali Gallery

poster for Ull Hohn “No Great Mysteries”
[Image: Ull Hohn "Untitled" (1993) Oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 19 7/10 in.]

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Greene Naftali | 8th Floor

This solo exhibition of works by the late German artist ULL HOHN is his first in the U.S. in over ten years. No Great Mysteries presents a selection of paintings made between 1986-93, a particularly generative period before Hohn’s untimely death from AIDS-related complications in 1995. Hohn studied under Gerhard Richter in Düsseldorf before relocating to the U.S. in 1986, arriving in New York to participate in the Whitney Independent Study Program. The material and conceptual inheritance of those formative contexts can be felt in the paintings that followed, which employ a battery of formal techniques to approach the medium with newfound critical distance and subjectivity.

Hohn’s landscapes, for instance, fuse nineteenth-century pastoral scenes with the middlebrow fare of a Sunday painter, questioning hierarchies of skill and taste while effecting a kind of kitsch sublime. Other untitled series subtly centered questions of gay identity at the height of the culture wars, featuring phallic patterns atop otherwise tasteful abstractions, or textured brown monochrome surfaces that meld abjection and libidinal pleasures.



from March 24, 2023 to April 29, 2023

Opening Reception on 2023-03-24 from 18:00 to 20:00


Ull Hohn

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