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Christoph Schmidberger

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Resist me - that's all I need
Christoph Schmidberger
Resist me - that's all I need

2005

oil on canvas

178 x 129.5 cm
A young girl lies on a large bed in an elegantly furnished room, with legs bare, a breast exposed, and only her pet Spaniel to protect what remains of her modesty. A porcelain, sickly sweet beauty, she presents an image of utter vulnerability, Pre-Raphaelite surrender, and a paradise on the verge of being lost. The title of the work represents a direct challenge to the viewer, confronted with an open-ended and highly charged situation fraught with danger; the tragic, touchpaper corruptibility of adolescent youth.
I am open for everything, don't get me wrong
Christoph Schmidberger
I am open for everything, don't get me wrong

2005

oil on canvas

178 x 129.5 cm
Bathed in the late evening sun, a young man lies alone by the side of a swimming pool. Lithe and limber, with butter smooth skin and luxuriant, Louis XIV curls tumbling into the small of his back, he is a study in manicured androgeny. His expression is at once confident and sad, like the self-consumed despair of a contemporary Narcissus having just contemplated his own reflection. In his luminous colours, which feel almost too perfect, and his smooth, gleaming surface, somehow just too appealing, Schmidberger crafts a delicate beauty as attractive as it is unsettling.
What controls you must not necessarily be a person
Christoph Schmidberger
What controls you must not necessarily be a person

2005

oil and acrylic on mdf panel 25 7/8 diameter

The scene shifts in What controls you must not necessarily be a person to a bed of long grass. The same young girl, in a similar state of partial undress, leans back as her dog licks a smooth, sugar sweet leg. With her eyes closed and head raised upward, like a saint in religious ecstasy, she is caught in a snapshot moment of dark titillation. In his choice of a setting, evocative of innocence as it is of indiscretion, and a format, the tondo, more customarily associated with Italian Renaissance depictions of the Madonna, Schmidberger positions the painting on a precarious line between the sacred and the profane. His title, a matter-of-fact confirmation of what we dare not think, does the rest.

Christoph Schmidberger's BIOGRAPHY

Christoph Schmidberger
Born in 1974, Austria
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California, USA



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Union Gallery, London, UK
The Beginning of the End, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

2009
I feel Nothing, Patrick Painter Inc, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2007
Divide Et Impera, Patrick Painter Inc, Los Angeles, CA, USA
In The Blink Of An Eye, Mark Mooore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2006
You Are Forgiven, Goff + Rosenthal, New York, NY, USA

2005
Tears Of Joy, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA

2004
Don’t Be Afraid, Goff +Rosenthal Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2002
Emerging Artists, The Essl Collection, Vienna, Austria
Every Breath A Step To Death, Nikolai Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

2001
Great Love & Great Miracles, Neue Galerie Am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz, Austria


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Van Haerents Art Collection, Bruxelles, Belgium
Ward Of The Sate:Tony Ward Artist’s muse, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Elements of Nature, Selections from Frederick R Wiesman Art Foundation, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, FL

2010
Under the Influence of fashion and finance, Selections from the Frederick R.Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA
Sue Le Dandysyme, Centro Galego De Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
Elements Of Nature, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA

2009
Art & Illusion:Selections from the Frederick R.Weisman Art Foundation, Susquehannah Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Low Blow: And Other Species Of Confusion, Stux Gallery New York

2008
Like Animals, Musee Des Beaux Arts Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Union Gallery, London, UK
True Romance, Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany
True Romance, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

2007
Ausgezeichtnet! Kunstveren Freiberg, Freiberg, Germany
True Romance, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Gegen Den Strich, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2006
USA Today, The royal Academy OF Arts, London, UK
Inaugural Exhibition, Goff +Rosenthal, Berlin, Germany

2005
Girls On Film, Zwirmer & Wirth, New York , NY, USA
Paradise Lost, Goff + Rosenthal, New York, NY, USA
Collectors XX: Building A Museum Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA

2004
Gio Ponti: Furnished Settings And Figuration, ACME, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Art And Illusion, Frederick R Weisman Museum Of Art, Malibu, CA, USA
Galerie Six Friedrcih Lisa Ungar, Munich Germany

2003
Fresh Works On Paper, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
The Must, Landemuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
Ex Graz In Graz, Kulturzentrum Bei Den Minoriten, Graz, Austria
Frisch Saftig Steirisch, Galerie Eugen Lendl, Graz, Kunsthallein, Austria