Rainer Fetting achieved international recognition with the “New Wild Ones” in the early 1980s. With its elements of Expressionist painting, his art formed in opposition to the conventions of Abstract and Conceptual Art toward the end of the 1970s is highly topical again today. Fetting’s painting is a highly significant precursor for the “queer” discourses on gender, identity, the individual, and power that not only shape the works of younger generations in our globalized art world but also current mainstream debates. His “expressive” portraits, cityscapes, and landscapes as well as the still lifes and flower paintings on which this publication focuses capture psychosocial energies that are evident in every painterly decision he makes. Works from four decades are presented here, some of them unpublished, early drawn studies and paintings from the time Fetting was commuting between New York and Berlin the 1980s and 1990s in addition to recent paintings, works on paper, and sculptures. The illustrated book is published in conjunction with the exhibition in the spaces of the Miettinen Collection in Berlin.
RAINER FETTING (*1949) studied painting at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, 1972–78. In 1977, he founded the Galerie am Moritzplatz together with Helmut Middendorf, Salomé, Bernd Zimmer, Anne Jud and Berthold Schepers. From 1983-1994 he lived in New York and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions have been shown at the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, and Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig. Rainer Fetting lives and works in Berlin and Westerland.
Miettinen Collection, Berlin
September 10–December 23, 2021
Ed. Robert Grunenberg, text(s) by Oliver Koerner von Gustorf, Norman Rosenthal
Graphic design by Enver Hadzijaj
2021. 160 pp., 120 ills.
20.50 x 27.00 cm
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