Michel Majerus: Aluminum Paintings


Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through April 15 2017

Location Info:

Matthew Marks
523 W. 24th St.
New York, NY  10011
Michel Majerus's paintings are cool and detached and good-looking, even if they don't offer a tremendous amount to think about. Five pictures from 1996 in this exhibition include an appropriated image of a Nintendo 64–era Super Mario surrounded by a field of monochromatic color. Other works depict Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story in the same way. Majerus, who died at 35 in 2002, was very good with color; his blues, pinks, oranges, and greens are specific and are seldom seen elsewhere. The characters in his paintings anchor the color and help it pop, which makes sense considering how much he owes to artists like Warhol and Basquiat. According to the gallery, Majerus was among the first to use Photoshop to prepare his paintings.

Michel Majerus, Untitled (detail), 1996. © Michel Majerus Estate / Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.


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