Andreas Schulze first came to prominence in the early 1980’s, as a pivotal figure in the explosive flourishing of creativity which centred around Monika Sprüth’s gallery in Cologne. Schulze has since been recognised as an inventor of new pictorial worlds, having developed an autonomous and unmistakable visual language with which to explore various interior views of society. A fundamental theme in the artist’s work is the power of painting to create illusion, giving multifaceted treatment to the theme of the interplay between being and appearance, reality and staging in the medium of painting. An independent and anti-hierarchical use of traditional styles of painting links his work with the Avant Garde movements of the early twentieth century, above all Dada, Surrealism and Symbolism, yet his cool, analytical compositions and his independent themes allow Schulze to retain a unique position within the context of contemporary art.Read More
Andreas Schulze was born in Hanover in 1955. He studied at the Gesamthochschule Kassel and Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he is Professor of Painting. Major solo exhibitions include the opening show at Galerie Monika Sprüth in Cologne, 1983, and INTERIEUR at the Falckenberg Collection in Hamburg, 2010. Major group exhibitions include Tate Britain, London, 1983, MoMA, New York, 1984, the Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, 1988, and the Triennale in Milan, 1997. He lives and works in Cologne.
Text courtesy Sprüth Magers.
The visible also always conveys the invisible. All the more so in the cheerful world of consumerism, in which we live today. The more perfect its surfaces, the more its opposites also seem to resonate – the suppressed and the absurd. No painter has understood this better than Andreas Schulze. The Cologne based artist, who has been associated...