Magazine article Artforum International

Markus Lupertz

Magazine article Artforum International

Markus Lupertz

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MICHAEL WERNER

A tour of the abstract and concrete, a lasting impression of expression, less s of technique, a decorative aftertaste, art-historical contextualization with Aleksey von Jawlensky, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, A. R. Penck, and Georg Baselit among others. Markus Lupertz titled the entire show after his series "Manner ohne Frauen--Parsifal" (Men without women--Parsifal). In the catalogue his work is described as reflecting an identity in constant development. The tide refers of course, to the medieval courtly romance of Wolfram von Eschenbach of the sam name, and offers a bridge to Richard Wagner's opera of 1877-82. In a direct connection to Lupertz's heads--with Lupertz as a heroic painter--an interpretation of painting (and the painter) is established against this more-or-less literary background as the eternal torch (the eternal searcher) fo the ideal, for purity, for truth.

Perhaps one comes closer to an explanation of his dark, idiosyncratic palette i one compares it to the dark, idiosyncratic language in Parsifal. Furthermore, i one considers the huge number of themes and plots that this language harnesses--through repetition, in part, of meetings, places, characters--Lupertz's heads gain yet another dimension: that the painter (similar to the knightly hero) gains access to knowledge by recognizing the world of painting in this story (the entire world in the romance) and that he may not radically distance himself from the basis of painting. …

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