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Gemeentemuseum Den Haag presents Just Paint

The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag presents Just Paint an exhibition on view 17 June 2012.

Neo Rauch, Gewitter #6, 1991, Mixed media on paper, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

We live in a world of visual images. Internet and digital photography have largely supplanted the written word. The constant stream of images reaching us daily via the Internet is having an inevitable impact on painting. More than ever before, artists are now using existing images to construct their works.

Top contemporary artists like Jörg Immendorf, Neo Rauch, Daniel Richter, Michael Raedecker and Tjebbe Beekman capture the zeitgeist in canvases where cartoon-like figures and humorous tableaux alternate with violence and rapid action. Despite frequent claims to the contrary, painting is keeping up with the tempo of today’s world. In the twentieth century, the art of painting came under repeated attack; it risked being ousted by Conceptual Art, and was even proclaimed a dying art. The current Just Paint exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag shows that nothing could be further from the truth. –

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