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Wilhelm Sasnal

Polish, b. 1972

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Wilhelm Sasnal

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Polish, b. 1972

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Declaring, “an artist must be aware of the world and the society which he or she is a part of,” Wilhelm Sasnal produces evocative paintings through which he explores his native Poland, his place in the world, and the resonance of the past in the present. True to his time, Sasnal draws images from sources high and low, including the Internet, art history, snapshots, and cartoons. He approaches painting as a reductive process, stripping down or partially obscuring his source images to make them semi-ambiguous. In his critically acclaimed “Maus” series (2001), he isolated drawings from Art Spiegelman’s famous graphic novel, revealing how iconic they have become. Sasnal’s work is underpinned by struggle—with the process of painting itself, and with the artist’s role as a bearer of witness to the horror and wonder of history and contemporary life.

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K21 Standehaus, and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 3 more
Biography

Declaring, “an artist must be aware of the world and the society which he or she is a part of,” Wilhelm Sasnal produces evocative paintings through which he explores his native Poland, his place in the world, and the resonance of the past in the present. True to his time, Sasnal draws images from sources high and low, including the Internet, art history, snapshots, and cartoons. He approaches painting as a reductive process, stripping down or partially obscuring his source images to make them semi-ambiguous. In his critically acclaimed “Maus” series (2001), he isolated drawings from Art Spiegelman’s famous graphic novel, revealing how iconic they have become. Sasnal’s work is underpinned by struggle—with the process of painting itself, and with the artist’s role as a bearer of witness to the horror and wonder of history and contemporary life.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
K21 Standehaus, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 3 more
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