Simon Linke

Untitled (Portraits)

Simon Linke’s newest series of paintings continues his exploration of the ever powerful Artforum, yet marks a clear and major departure in his style.

Working from photographs of a wide range of artists – including Marina Abramovic, Albert Giacometti and Claude Monet – taken from the magazine, Linke first replicates the image in pencil, then covers the drawing in a colour wash of oil paint. These elegant paintings stand in stark contrast to his well-known thick impasto paintings of advertisments from Artforum.

Published on the occasion of Linke’s first solo exhibition at Karsten Schubert, London (spring 2012), full colour images of the eight Untitled (Portraits) are accompanied by an essay from the artist and critic Adrian Searle.

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