Adrian Ghenie, ‘Pie Fight Interior 9’, Christie's

Adrian Ghenie (b. 1977)

Pie Fight Interior 9

signed and dated ‘Ghenie 2013’ (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

79 x 59 3/8 in. (198 x 150.5 cm.)

Painted in 2013.

Signature: signed and dated ‘Ghenie 2013’ (on the reverse)

New York, Pace Gallery, Adrian Ghenie: New Paintings, March-May 2013, pp. 24-25 (illustrated in color).

J. Judin, _Adrian Ghenie,_Ostfildern, 2014, pp. 72-73 (illustrated in color).

Pace Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Adrian Ghenie

In his darkly disturbing works, Cluj School painter Adrian Ghenie weaves together personal and collective memories and fears to address the traumas of 20th-century European history. Recalling the textural richness of Northern European Renaissance painting, Ghenie depicts figurative imagery in contrasting states of clarity, fluidity, and decay, dripping and pouring paint, scraping surfaces, and deploying strong chiaroscuro. His works reveal a preoccupation with 20th-century political and scientific ideologies, such as Communism and eugenics, and references to figures like Marcel Duchamp, German SS officer and physician Josef Mengele, and Charles Darwin figure heavily in his oeuvre.

Romanian, b. 1977, Baia Mare, Romania, based in Cluj, Romania; Berlin; London