MARKUS LINNENBRINK (German, b. 1961)
    Mittiglicht II, 2001
    Oil on canvas
    59 x 79 inches (149.9 x 200.7 cm)
    Signed, titled and dated on the reverse

    Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York

    Born in Dortmund, Germany, Markus Linnenbrink was trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    In an insightful review of the artist's 2007 show of colorful striped paintings at Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco(San Francisco Chronicle, September 22, 2007), Kenneth Baker posed and answered a compelling question: "Under what circumstances does painting turn into conceptual art? You can see it happen in the work of Linnenbrink.., which at first looks excessively optical. Viewer fatigue effects the conversion. We reasonably demand that a contemporary painting invite and withstand prolonged scrutiny. It ought to hold the promise of surprise even after many encounters. Linnenbrink's work satisfies these criteria, yet it also proves that they are not enough..."

    "Consider the long picture...[which] makes a generous, even epic impression, characteristically consisting of vertical bands of color made by carefully pouring epoxy resin down the panel's surface. When the eye probes the details for some logic in the sequence of colors, it finds none. Linnenbrink acknowledges making decisions as he goes. But knowing that improvisation guided what we see does not stop the eye's increasingly frustrated search for phrasing in the color bands. Uncertainty about the artist's measure of control or conscious intent evolved into a kind of content with a fascination of its own. But Linnenbrink overworks it. The more you look at his paintings, the less their profusion of detail matters. Instead, it seems to implode to a conceptual posture that implies the ultimate futility of careful looking."

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