«All painting is historical».
Häusler Contemporary München is pleased to first present new paintings and selected historical paintings on paper by Michael Venezia. Our exhibition shows how this important renovator of painting in the 1960s has consistently developed his innovative approach, while constantly recollecting tradition at the same time.
Gestural curves on horizontally mounted wooden beams and painter palettes with gold applications: the new paintings by Michael Venezia (* 1935, Brooklyn, US, lives in Brooklyn and Trevi, IT), which he presents for the first time at Häusler Contemporary’s, seem surprisingly lyrical at first sight. On closer inspection, they prove to be a consistent continuation of Venezia's groundbreaking approach to painting, which nourishes itself from the tension between painterly tradition and innovation.
In the endeavor to overcome and transcend the eccentric gestures and genius cult of the Abstract Expressionist, Venezia was one of the first artists to introduce spray paint into painting at the end of the 1960s. The choice of this means allowed him to generate painting from an interplay of conceptual artistic setting and coincidence. A series of paintings on paper that have hardly been shown so far illustrate in our exhibition this period in which Venezia contributed to the renewal of the classical medium in the postmodern era.