Selfportrait as Charles Darwin, 2014, Oil on canvas, 60 x 47 cm

Adrian Ghenie, ‘Self-Portrait’ as Charles Darwin, 2014, Oil on Canvas (60 x 47cm)


Finally, after a long wait, Adrian Ghenie is back exhibiting at The Pace Gallery, London with some new works by the Romanian artist whom I follow intently!

I don’t really like to talk about work I haven’t seen ‘in the flesh’ but from looking at the work through the Pace Gallery’s website, I won’t be disappointed and I am looking forward to my London visit.

The context of his work has changed slightly for this exhibition (all work developed in 2014) to focus more on the origin of some of the skewed ideas of historical dictators (who Ghenie has previously portrayed and who were associated with mass suffering such as Hitler, Stalin, Mengele, Ceausescu and the notion of Eugenics).  With these new works entitled ‘Golems’, (possibly echoes here of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’?), he looks at Darwin and the intellectual space and how he was historically portrayed.  Through textures and layering – his signature style, Ghenie has adopted an even more painterly approach to his abstractions.  With a high tone his use of colour and manipulation of forms, he highlights how Darwin was satirised in the press of the day – seemingly a grotesque figure with the face of an ape.

I’m looking forward to understanding more and seeing first hand his work again in London in July.

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