Quote of Note | Neo Rauch

“By 1945 the exploitation of images and emotions before and during the second world war led to a rejection of figurative representation in favour of a clear decision for abstraction. Today this division no longer necessarily demands our attention. I always like to compare my work to a game of chess—fundamentally it is all about placing figures and features, something that has consequences. The one determines the other. Everything takes place on the surface: colouration, composition, figuration must in themselves be plausible. A certain legibility must be guaranteed, otherwise it’s nonsense.”

-Artist Neo Rauch, in an interview with Rita Pokorny published earlier this year in The Art Newspaper. An exhibition of new works by Rauch goes on view today at David Zwirner gallery in New York.