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Christoph Ruckhäberle

07 Feb - 04 Mar 2009

© Christoph RuckhäberleUntitled (Portrait on paper 19), 2009
Oil pastel on paper
74 x 54 cm / 29 x 21 1/4 inches (framed)

7 February - 4 March, 2009

Sutton Lane is pleased to present "Dessins", an exhibition of new works on paper by Christoph Ruckhäberle.

With this series of oil pastel drawings the artist embraces a new medium and further explores his interest in line and colour. The use of the oil pastel adds a new quality to Ruckhäberle's work where the process of working with multiple layers and colours - characteristic to the artist's paintings - gives way to a more direct approach to the figure. The composition of the work lies in the successive superposition of geometric elements, selected and rearranged in various configurations throughout the series.

The exhibition comprises a selection of 36 portraits building on a recent series of paintings shown at Manifesta 7 and an assemblage of linocuts acquired by MoMA in 2007. The investigation of the portrait genre plays an important role in Ruckhäberle's practice.

The enigmatic and stylised faces displayed in the exhibition evoke African masks and carnivalesque characters. The artist provides no clues as to the origin of the depicted persona. These portraits, strangely suspended in time and painted from memory and imagination, make visible the construction of reality within the genre and invest it with new life.

Christoph Ruckhäberle lives and works in Leipzig. The Migros Museum in Zurich will host an extensive solo exhibition in May this year. Past group exhibitions include Manifesta 7 (2008), "The Leipzig Phenomenon" at Kunsthalle Budapest (2008), "Zurueck zur Figur" at Hypo Kunsthalle, Munich (cat.) in 2006, "Made In Leipzig" at Sammlung-Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria(cat.) in 2006, "From Leipzig: works from the Ovitz Family Collectio" at Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio (2005), "Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection" at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2005).

The artist's work forms part of the collection of MoMA (New York), the Rubell Family Collection (Miami), the Essl Collection (Austria), the Olbricht Collection (Germany), the Saatchi Collection (London), the Ovitz Family Collection (Los Angeles) and the Arario Collection (Korea).

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