Michel MajerusFries 2001

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Artist
Michel Majerus (1967‑2002)
Title
Fries
Date 2001
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 2805 x 4003 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased from funds provided by Evelyn, Lady Downshire's Trust Fund 2004
Reference
T11802
Not on display

Summary

Michel Majerus was one of a number of German painters of his generation who signaled a resurgence of painting in the late 1990s. Majerus’s paintings flaunt a wide range of art historical influences and references – large painterly gestures, which recall American Abstract Expressionism, are combined with a Pop sensibility that embraces the reproduction of logos, packaging, and mass produced products. Fries is a typical example of this approach. Here certain brushstrokes show an appreciation of Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) while the product placement owes something to the influence of Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Fries is from a series of paintings Majerus completed referencing American – and specifically, Californian – culture. Majerus started the series during an extended visit to Los Angeles and completed the paintings in Berlin. The vast scale and shifting dynamism of the painting echoes both the advertising billboards that line the freeways of Los Angeles and the cinematic screens iconic to Hollywood… (read more)

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