fine art contemporary

Lower Manhattan Wrapped Buildings, 1990
Project for 2 Broadway, 20 Exchange Place
Lithograph and Collage with in Fabric Covered Skyscraper in a Plexiglass Box

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HIGHLIGHTS: Impressionism to Contemporary

Despite the planning uncertainty associated with the pandemic, Gallery Kovacek & Zetter has decided not to postpone an extensive and ambitious exhibition project, but to realize it this spring.

The exhibition Highlights: Impressionism to Contemporary shows in a chronologically broad overview, selected works of art by great Austrian and international artists and invites you on an exciting journey through art history. Beginning with Rudolf von Alt and Emil Jakob Schindler and continuing with the great painters of the late 19th century Tina Blau and Marie Egner, the exhibition moves on to Classical Modernism with important paintings by Alfons Walde, Oskar Laske and Werner Berg.

Arik Brauer, who unfortunately died this January at the age of 92, is considered one of the most versatile and important artists of our country. Together with Rudolf Hausner, Ernst Fuchs and Anton Lehmden, he founded Phantastischer Realismus (Fantastic Realism) in Austria in the 1950s as an antithesis to the prevailing abstract painting. In many international exhibitions, this group caused a worldwide sensation at the time. "Bienenhaus" an early major work by Arik Brauer from 1961, transports us into a fantastic cosmos of brilliantly colored and detailed figures and creatures.

Erwin Wurm, the great Austrian artist who blurs the boundaries of art genres with his sculptures, installations and performances and is able to fascinate an audience of millions worldwide, is represented with perhaps his most famous motif, the "Fat Car". The red car, symbol of speed and technical progress, loses its original form, seems to melt and thus appears organic and amorphous.

Jeff Koons, the American universal artist, uses everyday objects from our consumer culture for his often larger-than-life sculptures, which he alienates and shapes in an ironic way. "Diamond", is a very recent work made of porcelain and coated with red chromatic coating in the form of a diamond, which resting on a pedestal is staged, as it were, like an idolatrously worshipped fetish.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive, scientifically researched catalog.


Maria Lassnig
K├╝nstlerpleite, 1997
acrylic and pencil on paper, 41,8 x 29,5 cm

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Portrait painting is a mirror of our time and has played an essential role in the history of art since the beginning of artistic forms of expression. Shaped by political and social conditions and influences, it rises over the centuries to become one of the most important genres. With the invention of photography over 180 years ago, portraiture suddenly gained an overpowering competitor. Nevertheless, the painted portrait lives on. The current exhibition explores the question of the significance of the representation of the human being in contemporary art and the paths taken by individual artists to create contemporary, relevant portraits.

Man is always representative of a society and of the era in which he lives. In a globalized world, it is tempting to question the role of the individual and to capture it in painting. The wonderfully narrative figure paintings of Ingrid Brandstetter and Arik Brauer are worth mentioning here. Like Brauer, Martin Schnur also deals with existential questions of being human. The human figure, often just the human head, can take on a representative function for the totality of all people or certain characteristics, as in the work of Joannis Avramidis, Alfred Haberpointner, or in the glass heads of Kiki Kogelnik. The latter also devotes herself, like Gabi Trinkaus and Eva Schlegel, to the image of man shaped by the mass media. Harding Meyer snatches his female figures from the stream of anonymous, digital images. Erwin Wurm's works move in the field of tension between the seemingly banal and the existential. Maria Lassnig's introspective "Body Awareness" works are also always impressive.

With the presentation of African art, the exhibition is also dedicated to the thematic complex of "Diversity". This term describes the diversity of individual characteristics, such as age, ethnic origin and nationality, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, but also religion and world view.  The diversity of the people of this earth is understood as potential. With the South African Jono Dry and Idowu Oluwaseun, who was born in Lagos, Nigeria, two exciting positions of African art can be seen in the exhibition. In recent years, African art has made a real triumphant advance through the international art landscape and has found its way into major museums such as the MoMA in New York or the Tate Modern in London. Prices have risen sharply and the upward trend seems unstoppable. African art radiates a new self-confidence and a commitment to an indelible identity, which is also further reinforced by the Black Lives Matter movement.

With this combination of Austrian and international positions, an exciting mix has been created, which is accompanied by a catalogue with numerous, scientifically researched texts.