in the presence of the artist
The solo exhibition Journey of Max Neumann at LEVY in Berlin will present about 25 paintings and drawings of the artist from all creative periods of his work.
The painter and graphic artist Max Neumann (*1949) is an important representative of German figuration. His enigmatic human figures seated in enraptured pictorial settings are not geared towards capturing a subjective, distinct portrayal, but towards the crystallization of an unmistakable manlike allegory. His characters, in their at once disconcerting and graceful silhouettes, fall out of time and history being markers of a human state of mind. Neumann does not intend to narrate any incidents; he rather traces emotional human qualities confronting the viewer with his own desires, fears, obsessions and phantasms. The formal composition of his paintings is important, keeping all pictorial elements perfectly balanced, following a visual language that conveys clear graphic and partly calligraphic features, bringing forward an overlay of reality spheres and an evocative ornamentation of the shadows.
Accompany the exhibition a new catalog comprising around 80 works and an essay by Heinz Peter Schwerfel is publicized at Kerber Publishers as well as 10 collector’s editions incl. each an original work by Max Neumann.