Exhibition: R. H. Quaytman and Olga Chernysheva
R. H. Quaytman
The paintings of American artist Rebecca H. Quaytman are mysterious, poetic and personal. Her works center around painting and the intention to both maintain and question the symbolic and historical space of this medium and its capacity for absolute presence.
Rebecca H. Quaytman will create a new group of works for her exhibition at the Secession. Her point of departure is “The Persian Women” by Flemish painter Otto van Veen (1556–1629) from the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, which will be shown in dialogue with her works.
Russian artist Olga Chernysheva works with a variety of media, including drawing, painting, photography, video and very short essays combined with frozen or moving images. Her work rests on precise observation of the world she lives in. She joins a long tradition of social realism in Russian culture – not to be confused with the socialist realism that was the official artistic doctrine of the USSR – and of a type of art that tells stories with critical empathy but can be experimental and technically advanced.