Yves Oppenheim - Galerie Max Hetzler

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to present new paintings by French artist Yves Oppenheimat the Zimmerstrasse gallery.

With this new body of work Yves Oppenheim takes a dissociate part to his mere abstract form vocabulary. Lines and forms are clearly elaborated, sharp outlines of overlapping structures draft over the canvas. Figures evolve from the interspaces to elude an exact definition.

Yves Oppenheim tackles with the idea of drawing versus painting. This is articulated in Untitled (0510K) and Untitled (0513K). The amorphous windings of the drawing commemorate floral elements, but one is left with the insinuation. The lamination of the swinging figure in Untitled (0510K) with its light pink and flamboyant green and the withdrawal of color in Untitled (0513K) explain further his intention. The painting oscilitates between figuration and abstraction. The big powerful colorfields are initially very dominant. After a closer examination the sharp edges of the colors mould into a kind of relief, which could recall traces of a face.

In Untitled (0517K) Yves Oppenheim chooses a different format: the landscape. The synthetically-flashy colors, which stand otherwise in Yves Oppenheim’s work in the tradition of Pop Art, affect the observer. In Untitled (0517K) the colors are deliberately reduced, they do not, as usual, cover the whole canvas. The overlapping colors seem to be cut out.

Yves Oppenheim, born in 1948 in Tananarive (Madagascar), currently lives and works in Berlin and Paris. This is his fourth solo show at Galerie Max Hetzler. Since the eighties he participates in international solo and group exhibitions. His works are to be found in collection such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Carré d’Art Nîmes.


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Opening hours: Tue – Sat 11 am – 6 pm

Forthcoming exhibitions:
Holzmarktstrasse: Darren Almond/ Albert Oehlen Time 2 kill, Jan 14 –

March 11 2006
Zimmerstrasse: Glenn Brown, Feb 03 – March 11 2006