Galerie Richard

Sebastian LUDWIG

Sebastian Ludwig is not a prolific painter. He takes the time necessary to develop works which have a density of visual testament on our contemporary time for the future generations. His paintings already seem to possess this patina, this effect of progressive disappearance peculiar to very old paintings. His visual references are paintings and engravings of the Middle Ages and the Romantic painters.

His perfectly static representations seem to us at the same time familiar and enigmatic. His new paintings show aerial views of indefinite cities. Buildings are reduced to geometrical volumes. No human being is visible. The geometry of the city planning is enough for giving evidence of the human presence, as well as the chaotic luxuriance of the plant space is enough to define it. The paintings are close to monochromes; the color is watered down.

Besides the support of the paint seems to alter the representation. On a reproduction in photography we think that the artist chose a thick square grid textile as canvas. The painting seems contrived to vertical and horizontal lines cutting the painting into squares that we could assimilate to pixels.
In fact, the grid is made with paint after he cuts out the squares from the tape which he put on the canvas before. Several layers of paint with pigments create the grid. Then he cuts and removed the adhesive tapes of squares and he paints each square.

The apprehension of such paintings therefore cannot be immediate. They require and thus invite in a pondering, in a slow absorption. For it Sebastian Ludwig’s works have this capacity to become integrated durably into the memory of that or the one who look at them.

    Né à Groß – Strehlitz, Pologne
1998 -  2002  Academy of Arts Düsseldorf, Allemagne
2011 – 2012    Enseignant à l’académie des arts de Düsseldorf, Allemagne
2018   vit et travaille à Düsseldorf, Allemagne

2014  ́NRW Stipendium, Schloss Ringenberg ́, Allemagne
2012  ́Bildende Kunst der Kunststiftung NRW ́, Allemagne
2010  ́Bildende Kunst der Kunststiftung NRW ́, Allemagne
2006  ́Nachwuchsförderung Bildende Kunst der Kunststiftung NRW ́, catalogue

Collections publiques

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Etats-Unis
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Allemagne
Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Etats-Unis
Sammlung Rheingold, Allemagne
Staatskanzlei NRW, Düsseldorf, Allemagne
Museum Goch, Goch, Allemagne
Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Allemagne

Expositions personnelles

2018  squarewave, Galerie Richard, Paris
2015  brud, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Allemagne
2013 Deutsche Bundesbank, Francfort Allemagne (Cat.)
2012  Kanon, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Allemagne
2011  Halbehalbe, Galerie Luis Campana, Berlin, Allemagne
2010  Unendlich, Linn Lühn, Cologne, Allemagne
2009  Nullpunkt, Linn Lühn, Cologne, Allemagne
2008 Sperone Westwater (avec Aaron van Erp), New York, Etats-Unis
2006 Museum Goch, Goch, Allemagne (Cat.)
Linn Lühn, Cologne, Allemagne (Cat.)
2005 Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA, Etats-Unis
Ablenkung, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (avec Christoph Schellberg), Allemagne
2003 Jablonka Lühn, Cologne, Allemagne
2002  Merry-Go-Round, Ausstellungsraum c/o Peter Gorschlüter, Karlsruhe, Allemagne

Expositions collectives (sélection)

2017 Gyeomjae Jeong Seon Memorial Museum, Séoul, Corée du Sud
2015  Fridge Drawings, Greene Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA, Etats-Unis
Art Forum Rhee, Séoul, Corée du Sud
2014 Stipendiaten Ausstellung, Ringenberg, Allemagne
2013  Ida-Gerhardi-Förderpreis, Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid
, Allemagne
2012  Malerei + Skulptur with K. Jahnke, S. Koberstädt, V. Leutloff a.o., Kunstverein
Gelsenkirchen, Allemagne
2010  No Limit! with J.van den Moortel et L.A.Raven, Schloss Ringenberg, Allemagne
New Contemporaries, Art Cologne avec W. Copley et A. Jasch, Allemagne
2009  Slow Paintings, ( avec John Currin, Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie et
autres)  Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Allemagne (Cat.)
Zehn Tage im August in Münster mit…, Linn Lühn, Münster, Allemagne
2007  Compilation III, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Allemagne (Cat.)
2006 NADA Miami, Miami Beach, FL, Etats-Unis
2005 Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Jahresgaben, Aix-la Chapelle, Allemagne
Passionate Freud – Romantic atmospheres and states of matter, commissaires
Ludwig Seyfarth et Nina Koidl, Art Frankfurt, Francfort, Allemagne (Cat.)
Each Day Is Valentines Day, Jablonka Lühn, Cologne, Allemagne
2003 Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Auktion, Aachen, Germany
Kunststudentinnen und
Kunststudenten stellen aus, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der
Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Allemagne (Cat.)


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