Already for the third time, after sustained success, Galerie Thomas Fuchs presents the works by American artist Patrick Angus (*1953, North Hollywood; † 1992 New York, USA) at art UNTITLED Miami Beach. Patrick Angus died of Aids in 1992 at the age of only 38. Due to his direct and unsparing depictions of the gay underground scene in New York in the 1980s he struggled to establish himself on the art market during his lifetime. But the relevance of his artistic work has finally been recognized and his oeuvre is (re-)discovered internationally. In 2017 and this year, both the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and the Museum Bensheim presented the works by Patrick Angus in two great retrospectives. Accompanying the exhibitions, catalogues were published by DISTANZ Verlag, among others. Especially in the last years, Patrick Angus came to the attention of the art scene and the broader public. Numerous articles and press reports about him and exhibitions of his work where published internationally e.g. in The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Financial Times, Italien News Paper La Strampa or Monopol and Die Zeit in Germany, just to name a few. The exhibited works show what a good observer he was. In addition to landscapes and cities, Angus studied the human physiognomy by drawing or painting his friends, family and beloved ones in person. He drew and painted his private life in the domestic environment or proved himself as a painting chronicler of New York's gay nightlife.
The works by the young Italian painter Rudy Cremonini (*1980, Bologna, IT) oscillate between abstraction and figuration and are strongly characterized by the artist’s unique brushstroke. Without any preparatory drawings the Bologna-based painter works directly on the canvas using his memory or photos from his archive as an inspiration. Especially the colouring chosen by Rudy Cremonini for his paintings is striking and gives them an enigmatic depth and a mystic touch. No brushstroke proves to be too much or too decorative, rather his compositions seem to cut right to the chase of matter. Rudy Cremonini is one of the gallery’s most successful emerging artist. In 2017 Galerie Thomas Fuchs showed Rudy Cremonini at VOLTA New York as well as at art UNTITLED Miami Beach. His works can be seen in a large solo exhibition at the Palace of Caserta in Italy from 19 October to 26 November 2018. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with extensive image and text material.
Yongchul Kim (*1982, Yeosu, KR) is a young South Korean artist to be discovered. His self-confident painting style is convincing: he courageously forms figurative works with strong brush strokes, showing more the inside than the outside appearance. He skilfully plays with background and surroundings, with color and light. Collectors are already showing great interest in his work. His debut solo exhibition in our gallery was already sold out after the first hours of the opening in May 2018. Yongchul Kim builds his works layer by layer with oil paint. He himself says: “Recording” is the primary motivation behind my work, but not in the sense of an exact reproduction but rather as a process in which I make a connection between an event or a situation in society and my own experiences and then construct a story on the picture. Symbols and metaphors are added that reveal further perspectives". He is particularly interested in the theme of reflection. What does a person leave behind, how is he or she perceived? Yongchul Kim plays virtuously with black-and-white and colour contrasts, places points of light in an otherwise rather dark atmosphere, leaves some elements unclear in order to elaborate others in detail. Yongchul Kim completed his studies at the National University of Chonnam in South Korea, came to Germany and has been studying since 2014 with Prof. Cordula Güdemann at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. He was awarded the DAAD Art Prize in 2016.
The Brooklyn-based artist Doron Langberg (*1985 Yokneam Moshava, IL) revives genre and portrait painting, translating it into the 21st century. Like Patrick Angus a few decades earlier, Langberg focuses on themes of identity and sexuality, depicting his friends and lovers in intimate settings. By engaging with various aspects of his life - from the deeply personal to the everyday - Doron Langberg creates emotional worlds which address queer pleasure, friendship, and intimacy. Formally, the artist unites a wide range of textures and colors, treating the surface of his paintings as a collage of ‘touches’- scraping, brushing, and rubbing paint on the canvas, creating luminously glazed passages combined with heavily painted ones, employing both fast strokes and sensitive description. Doron Langberg and his works have recently been widely reviewed in the magazine Art in America.