•March 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment
I am happy to show my work in New York again,
with some old friends and terrific artists!


Exhibition of the Society for Art of Imagination
with the participation of 49 international artists.
From April 29th to May 13th, 2017
23 Warren Street, New York NY 10007
Opening reception: Saturday April 29th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM


This is the artwork I am showing:


Acrylic glazes and egg tempera on canvas
29″ x 34″

Dreams and Divinities Winter-Spring Newsletter

•March 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This is a D&D Newsletter received via Mailchimp – I am only copying the introduction – the image shown below links to the entire newsletter:


This newsletter is way overdue and thus full!
Find some updates on:
* done shows, current shows and shows to come.
* Also two big new projects for Dreams & Divinities
* New booksellers

Enjoy reading and hoping to see you at a future event.
Liba WS

View the entire Newsletter HERE

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Everybody is a critic

•March 5, 2017 • 2 Comments

A series of posts on Facebook started an avalanche of comments and subsequent postings.

This first one below was a post by my friend Martina Hoffmann:

An eloquent article by RM Vaughan, VERY worth while reading!!!
Excerpt:….After trying so hard to find something beyond the clumsy surface of these paintings, I began to wonder if I was an unwilling participant in a vast art-world hoax, a ruse predicated on the sucker-born-every-minute understanding that in contemporary culture all you have to do to turn something into a praise-worthy object is simply position it as a praise-worthy object. The art world will then haplessly fill in the blanks itself, as the art world cannot stand a vacuum any more than the world of, say, political information peddling, which is also now post-everything…..

 Not to be outdone, I found another gem I then published on Facebook:

lets stick with today’s art scene, here is another brillant piece:
I can see a series coming on – like, teabags in a urinal, audience interactive art …..

The comment section overflowed – too much to show here – to see it all you could check the original post (set to ‘Public’, so it should be accessible).

But the best answer to a subsequent comment by myself came on this exchange:

Otto Rapp If they would give me a solo show, I could bring in the lint that had collected under my bed – I am sure I could come up with artspeak that would describe in great detail how this is significant – the spiritual connection alone would be very deep, because when I was a child I thought that there were dead people under my bed that had turned to dust.

To which another (personal) friend replied:

Ben Dhaliwal Rapp’s ‘Coming to terms with my own mortality’ follows in the wake of Gormley ‘s ‘bread works’ and Emmin’s now iconic ‘bed’.

Here the artist is exploring the significance of the dust particles harvested from the interstitial space between the bed upon which he sleeps and the floor upon which the bed stands. The accumulated material from this most private and personal of spaces, is both separate from and a part of the artist’s physical presence. It signifies both his presence and absence. As the dust owes it’s uniqueness to both the artist himself and the specific topography of its source, Rapp is forcing us to acknowledge the influence of our surroundings on the characteristics which society encourages, indeed insists on us identifying as ourselves. In our current server driven, digital world of online identity, Rapp is literally bringing us back to earth.
The ephemeral quality of household dust is always redolent of funery liturgy. The inevitable ‘returning’ unto dust is Rapp’s leitmotif here. As, like so many artists before him he returns us to the bed as the locus amoena of the creative
process. The bed. And with it, the inevitable paradox that to create is to engage with death. That sleep and imagination are inextricable.

Rapp’s forthcoming navel fluff sculptures which are to be exhibited at the Serpentine this summer promise to attract record numbers of visitors and your current reviewer will be among the first in the queue.

There you are, I’ve done it for you. I didn’t work with the best collection of contemporary sculpture outside of London for nothing.

Mark Henson Perhaps Ben will be offering artspeak classes to all of us wanna-bees. Well said, sir!

Following this, I felt compelled to share this news item from the Art Market Monitor:

Is it any wonder? Compare this to my other recent posts about art!

Last week, the Louvre opened a show of Vermeer putting him in context of his peers and showing the ways in which Dutch Golden Age genre painters influenced and competed with each other. From the opening day, the crowds have surprised and overwhelmed the Louvre to the point that demand shut down online ticketing.
Otto Rapp but what’s all that compared to Cy Twombly – Untitled 1970 – which was sold for $69.6 Million – we came a long way, haven’t we? In art, ‘Reverse Evolution’ (Regressive Evolution) is the norm and celebrated!

 ……. and looking for Devolution (Reverse Evolution) in Art I found this posting in Quora, which I then shared on Facebook:

this might get lost in the comment section under another post, so here it is again:

using the example of Cy Twombly I added my own 2 cents worth to the Quora Forum (which I subsequently shared on Facebook as well):

Otto Rapp, BFA Fine Art & Social Anthropology, University of Lethbridge (1982)

I tend to think there has been a reverse evolution in art, something that is impossible in biology. Does anyone think that Cy Twombly, for example, is a ‘master’ on a level with Vermeer? See below this ‘masterpiece’, Untitled, 1970 which sold for nearly $ 70 Million!

Now compare to Vermeer and this article about a exhibition in the Louvre:
Old Masters Have No Constituency? Tell the Crowds Shutting Down the Louvre’s New Vermeer Show

 There were many comments as well. I have to admit I am selectively biased about some – but see for yourself, without me editorializing, on my original Facebook post.

Of course this isn’t my first “rant” – I posted this item on Blogger (it has many related links):

Tuesday, December 17, 2013  


Exhibition – Galerie de La Tour in Klagenfurt

•February 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Die Galerie de La Tour in Klagenfurt zeigt Gemälde und Skulpturen von Angerer der Ältere und seinen polnischen Künstlerfreunden Marcin Kolpanowicz und Krzysztof Izdebski-Cruz.

Handwerkliches Können, das verbindet

Phantastische Ortschaften, allegorische Darstellungen und reiche Symbolik zeichnen die Werke der Maler und Bildhauer des magischen Realismus und Surrealismus aus aller Welt aus – unter ihnen auch die Deutschen und Polen.

Angerer der Ältere ist einer von ihnen – ein Künstler des magischen Realismus und Surrealismus. Die hervorragende Beherrschung des Handwerks ermöglicht ihnen Werke zu gestalten, deren Tiefe nicht mit der Zeit vergeht. Denn die Kunst ist für diese Maler und Bildhauer nicht die Kritik der aktuellen Geschehnisse, sondern die Suche nach Schönheit und Güte und sie beinhaltet zu alledem noch ein wenig Utopie. Der Magische Realismus will ein Asyl schaffen, einen magischen Ort, in dem jeder verweilen möchte und auch in der Lage wäre, einfach für eine Weile nachzudenken.

„Malen hat viel mit Handwerk zu tun“, erklärt der erfahrene Künstler Angerer der Ältere. Jeden Tag begibt er sich in sein Atelier, um sich in Begleitung der Musik von Johann Sebastian Bach der Arbeit zu widmen. Er bedient sich vor allem der Acryltechnik und anderer unkonventionellen Methoden, die für ihn nutzbar sind. Er beherrscht die Farbe und nicht umgekehrt, obwohl er ein Autodidakt ist. Der immer mehr in der Malerei beliebte Zufall kommt bei ihm gar nicht in Frage, da es nicht um die Kunst selbst, sondern um die Kunst des Malens geht. Seine Arbeitsart erinnert an die der alten Meister des Mittelalters und der Renaissance. „An den Akademien lernt man nur das oberflächige Malen“, erklärt der Künstler, und dies sei seines Erachtens zu wenig.


Angerer der Ältere, Das Innere des Berges

Am 17. September 2011 findet im Süden Polens in Schirk (Szczyrk) in der Kunstgalerie Beskidzka Galeria Sztuki eine Ausstellung internationaler Phantasten unter dem Titel „Magical Dreams – Meisterwerke der Phantastischen Gegenständlichen Kunst“ statt, auf die auch der aus Bayern stammende Künstler Angerer der Ältere eingeladen ist. Somit begibt er sich zum ersten Mal nach Polen. In der größten Privatgalerie im Süden des Landes versammeln sich Künstler aus aller Welt: Angerer der Ältere (Deutschland), Angelo Barile (Italien), Karol Bak (Polen), Silvano Braido (Italien), Claus Brusen (Dänemark), Gianni Gianasso (Italien), Igor Grechanyk (Ukraine), Peter Gric (Österreich), Krzysztof Izdebski-Cruz (Polen), Dariusz Kaleta (Polen), Steven Kenny (USA), Marcin Kolpanowicz (Polen), Jaroslaw Kukowski (Polen), Jacek Lipowczan (Deutschland), Micha Lobi (Russland), Brigid Marlin (USA), Voytek Nowakowski (Kanada), Daniel Pielucha (Polen), Jolanda Richter (Österreich), Tim Roosen (Belgien), Reinhard Schmid (Deutschland), Gianfranco Sergio (Italien), Tomasz Setowski (Polen), Joanna Sierko-Filipowska (Polen).


Marcin Kołpanowicz, Luftflotte

Nach einem Jahr schreibt Angerer der Ältere in der Einladung zur Ausstellung „Polen in Bayern“:

„Von der hohen Qualität der Werke der polnischen Künstler war ich nicht überrascht. Wir Künstler in Deutschland blicken schon lange mit Bewunderung auf die akademische Ausbildung jener Länder des Ostens, die dem Kunststudierenden noch solides Handwerk erlernen lässt“ und weiter: „Diese kulturelle Begegnung zwischen Polen und Deutschland soll ihren Teil genauso zur gegenseitigen Vertrauensbildung beitragen, wie wir es auch auf der Ebene von Politik, Wirtschaft und Forschung mit großem Erfolg in den letzten Jahren erleben durften. Freundschaft entsteht am besten, wenn man nicht nur redet, sondern gemeinsame erfolgreiche Projekte entstehen lässt.“


Krzysztof Izdebski Cruz (Kriz-Cruz), SECRET

Die Zusammenarbeit fand in den polnischen Generalkonsulaten Unterstützung, die sogar die Schirmherrschaft über die Ausstellungen in Bayern übernahmen. 2013 folgt die Ausstellung „Magical Dreams II“ und 2015 „Magical Dreams III“, die insgesamt 33 Künstler aus 15 Ländern versammelt hat. Die 75 Werke gelangen u.a. nach Krakau, Warschau und Wolnzach in Bayern, wo das Medienhaus Kastner, welches sich für die europäische Freundschaft einsetzt, Unterstützung bot. Die Ausstellung erfreute sich so großem Interesse, dass sogar zwei Vernissagen organisiert wurden.

Dieses Jahr warten drei von den Künstlerfreunden auf die Fortsetzung des gemeinsamen Abenteuers. Am 16. März um 19 Uhr treffen sich Angerer der Ältere, Marcin Kolpanowicz und Krzysztof Izdebski-Cruz in der Galerie de La Tour in Klagenfurt (Österreich) auf einer gemeinsamen Ausstellung unter dem Titel „Fantastische Welten“. Auch dieses Mal können sich Liebhaber des magischen Realismus und dem künstlerischen Handwerk auf ein Augenfest freuen.


angererdae_foto_2_m-kopiaAngerer der Ältere (geboren 1938 in Bad Reichenhall) – Architekt, Kunstmaler, Bildhauer, Bühnenbildner, Schriftsteller und Designer. Als Maler arbeitet er größtenteils mit Acrylfarben. Seine Werke beinhalten ausgebaute Allegorien und Symbolik. Der Künstler wurde u.a. 2004 zum kulturellen Botschafter Niederbayerns ernannt, 2008 folgte die Auszeichnung mit dem Kulturpreis Landkreis Kelheim und 2009 wurde er mit der „Trophée Apocalypse Dore“ ausgezeichnet.

marcin-kolpanowicz-kopiaMarcin Kołpanowicz (geboren 1963 in Krakau) – arbeitet mit Öl- und Pastellfarben. Seine Werke zeichnen sich durch poetische Metaphorik und philosophische Aussagen aus, viele von ihnen sind im Besitz polnischer Museen oder sind Bestandteile privater Sammlungen in Polen, Österreich, Deutschland, den Niederlanden, Frankreich, den USA und Australien. Die Werke von Kolpanowicz wurden auf über 20 Einzelausstellungen präsentiert (u.a. Paris, New York, Köln, Wuppertal, Linz, Ashau, Krakau, Warschau).


kriz-cruz-kopiaKrzysztof Izdebski-Cruz (Kriz Cruz) (geboren 1966 in Thorn) – bedient sich der Öl- und Pastellfarbentechnik. Seine Werke beinhalten klassische, allegorische und symbolische Elemente. Der Künstler wird oft als „Alter Meister“ bezeichnet. Er datiert seine Gemälde um 100 Jahre früher und signiert sie in Spiegelschrift. Izdebski-Cruz lebt und arbeitet in Danzig und Zoppot, wo er u.a. Präsident der Vereinigung polnischer Künste in Danzig ist.





Artistic Journeys

•February 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

After lengthy wrangling, dozens upon dozens of e-mail and several months, this above painting of mine is safely home again.
This painting had previously been shown in Paris last year, organized by my friend Liba Waring Stambollion for Dreams & Divinities, and it was a great show. Unfortunately the follow-up journey did not go so good when someone else combined this with another exhibition and brought the show to Germany. Following the German leg, Liba was left with the mess of a unresponsive gallery and poor attitude of the so called ‘curator’ who couldn’t care less about what happened after the show closed. Though it wasn’t Liba’s responsibility anymore, she tirelessly engaged herself trying to right things gone wrong. As of this writing, I think all the artists involved had their work finally returned. Interestingly enough, once I networked with several other friends in the business, I found that with this particular gallery, and curator, it had also created problems of a similar nature for them.
In contrast to this, I had nothing but great experience with an exhibition in Bad Säckingen, Germany, at the Villa Berberich, organized by Elena Romanzin and Frank von Düsterlho – here is a album from that exhibition: GRAND SALON 2017 Bad Säckingen and these were my works shown:


I have nothing but praise for the professionalism of the organizers and this venue. I am also very thankful to my good friend Wolfram Schwertberger who offered to take care of my works following the show and to bring them to Vienna on his next visit. Wolfram had been very supportive of my work and I am indebted to him for all he has done so far. He has produced and distributed postcards of my work, the most recent of which is this work which I had shown previously at Kunstverein Brücke in Ansbach, Germany, organized by Udo Winkler:

But all in all, the good experiences outweigh the bad – a link to a PDF document of my exhibitions is found here: CURRICULUM VITAE
Possibly I would participate in another show this Spring, featuring this work (stay tuned – it is juried, so wish me luck):


Artist of the Month February 2017 – WIM KUENEN

•February 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Our Artist for the month of
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•January 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I N V I T A T I O N  T O  T H E  E X H I B I T I O N


Opening of Snezana Petrovic’s solo exhibition of paintings and drawings from the series “Alchemy of Life”

Djura Jaksic’s House (Skadarska 34, Belgrade, Serbia), January 21, 2017 from 19:00h


The exhibition of paintings and drawings entitled “Alchemy of Life” by Snezana Petrovic will be open on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 19:00h at the Djura Jaksic’s House in Belgrade, Serbia (address: Skadarska 34).

Snezana Petrovic is a Serbian female painter and printmaker of the young generation whose artworks belong to the genre of figurative surrealism and fantastic art.
The exhibition will feature the artworks realized in the fine art techniques of painting and drawing on which the artist is currently working and explores, created in the period of 2015-2016. The series represents a metaphoric representation of the invisible energy of nature that surrounds us in symbiosis with human’s unconsciousness.

This cultural event will be opened by Dragan Jovanovic Danilov, a Serbian notable poet, essayist and art critic. The text for the exhibition catalogue was written by Dejan Djoric, a Serbian prominent art critic and theoretician of art. The exhibition will last till January 31st, 2017.

From the text of the exhibition catalogue by Dejan Djoric, an art critic:

“A beautiful girl, with a beautiful name is now audaciously creating not a fantastic, but, perhaps it is better to say, magical art. She is telling an enchanted tale of the dreamy princes and their brides, a fairy tale about the princesses, knights and monsters, fishes and balloons, maidens and spiritual warriors. The imaginarium of Snezana Petrovic is a well of good news, images which please the eye, memories of lovely creatures, ladies and gallant gentlemen of the European courts. Her speech is hidden, alchemical, and her world utterly symbolical, thus inexhaustible. Although it is possible to classify this visual symbolism, her choice of topics and motifs ideally disappears in the inconceivable, secret and poetic, leaving the viewer to feel and experience the work. Finally, ecce pictor, here is the painter whose understandable and acceptable hermetism returns towards the femininity in the best, although the most difficult, way – by using a consummate skill, which is forgotten and, more and more frequently, forbidden.”

About the artist:

Snezana Petrovic was born in 1977 in Novi Sad, Serbia. She graduated from the Academy of Arts of the University of Novi Sad in 2004 in the class of Professor Milan Stanojev at the Department of Printmaking. In 2008 she obtained a Magister of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the Academy of Arts of the University of Novi Sad in the class of Professor Radovan Jandric. In 2015 she obtained a Doctor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia under the mentorship of Professor Zarko Smiljanic. She has participated in 16 solo and more than 90 group exhibitions, both in Serbia and worldwide and has won several awards for her artworks.