JÖRG IMMENDORFF –LIDL WORKS AND PERFORMANCES FROM THE 60sandLATE PAINTINGS AFTER HOGARTH, Michael Werner Gallery, 22 Upper Brook Street, London, W1, until 2nd July 2016
Jörg Immendorff “Laufen”, 1965 Dispersion on canvas 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 inches 110 x 110 cm Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London
These are the first major London exhibitions dedicated to Immendorff for twenty years. He studied under Beuys at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and his early works reflect the ideas of challenging fine art traditions and political institutions as well as reflecting the anti-war sentiment of the era.
Jörg Immendorff “Untitled”, 2006 Oil on canvas 63 x 55 inches 160 x 140 cm Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London
In the gallery’s large downstairs space are pictures dating from Immendorff’s later working life. A period when he was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ASL) but was still able to work with the help of assistants. They are inspired by Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress and were part of a massive body of work which followed on from the artist being asked to create designs for Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress being performed at the Salzburg Festival in 1994.
Allen Jones: Maîtresse, Michael Werner Gallery, 22 Upper Brook Street, London W1, until 29th April 2016
Allen Jones. “Maîtresse I (A film by Barbet Schroeder)”, 1978
In 1975 Jones was commissioned to produce a movie poster for Barbet Schroeder’s film Maîtresse which told the story of a small-time crook (Gerard Depardieu) and his obsessive romance with a professional dominatrix (Bulle Ogier).
Jones kept the original painting and then between 2008 and 2015 he worked on a series of canvases where he explored the themes of space and colour around the original poster’s motif. They and the original are shown here together along with works on paper which reveal his thought processes.
Allen JOnes. “London Derrière (Maîtresse II)”, 2008