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Michaël Borremans' "The Devil's Dress" at David Zwirner, New York

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings by Suzanne on October 30th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

The (Courmajeur) Conducinator by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolour and white ink on cardboard, 17 x 24 cm, 2002 - click to enlarge

While I featured many of Michaël Borremans' oil paintings here in the past, I have recently developed a bit of an obsession with his drawings.

Borremans' paintings clearly show an eye for the sculptural, textile and the theatrical, whereas his drawings prove that he's got an incredible eye for architecture, management of space and a love for the caricature.

It's often in his drawings that his pitch-black and hopeless sense of humour becomes apparent and I believe work titles like Various Ways of Avoiding Visual Contact With the Outside World Using Yellow Isolating Tape illustrate this feeling perfectly.

From this coming Friday onwards, David Zwirner will present a series of new works by Borremans under the title The Devil's Dress. The preview should be available on the eve of the reception so do check back.

The press release promises:

"This exhibition, the artist’s fourth solo show at the gallery, brings together paintings and a three-part work on paper that each seems like a variant of a shared theme. Lone figures in pensive or semiconscious states are depicted squarely in the center of the compositions; while their faces are mostly obscured, a psychologically-charged mood prevails."

Details below.

Slight Modifications by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolour, white ink and ballpoint on paper, 35 x 54 cm, 2001 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Friday, Nov 4, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Nov 4 - Dec 17, 2011

Address: David Zwirner , 525 West 19th Street (between 10th Ave. and West St.), New York, NY 10011, USA, tel: 212 727 2070 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM, Mon: By appointment

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