Franz Graf / Herbert Hinteregger
December 28, 2014 thru January 25, 2015
January 11 thru 26, 2014
Christian Macketanz has never bothered to accommodate his pictorial language, consistently developed over many years, to today’s typical media-informed representations of the human. If he finds inspiration for his own painting in the vast reservoir of art history—from the fresco painting of late Antiquity to Baroque painting and all the way up present-day positions—the point for him is not the perfect and brilliant appropriation of well-known stylistic qualities. It is also unusual to our eyes that, unlike many of his fellow artists, he does not paint after photographs. One major quality of the paintings of Christian Macketanz is the unity of envisaged picture and signature style.
The exhibition at the Halle Otrans provides a unique opportunity to discover Christian Macketanz as one of the most interesting painters of our time who knows how to engage the viewer in a search for a complex story.
Christian Macketanz was born in Eutin, Germany, and studied under Maria Lassnig in Vienna. He has been a teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany, since 2010.
December 28, 2012 thru January 27, 2013