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Kai Althoff EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Untitled
Kai Althoff
Untitled

2001

Pen, wax crayon, pencil on paper and epoxy resin on board

79 x 72 cm
Untitled
Kai Althoff
Untitled

2001

Boat varnish, watercolour, pen and pencil on board

50 x 40cm
Untitled shows a group of black-clad men gathered around a table, immediately suggestive of conspiracy and covert sexual tension. Kai Althoff portrays the intrigue in the paint itself: yellow confronting black, the tenuous texture of the fabric and the oblique fly-on-the-ceiling angle which compresses the subjects into their opposing directions. His all-male cast of characters gives credence to the corruptibility and heroism of youth. Pictured with an authoritative voyeurism, Kai Althoff infers a complicit approval to their coven.
Dei Handi
Kai Althoff
Dei Handi

2003

2003, paint and ink on board

11 x 21cm
Incorporating all the lush patterning and anthropomorphic grace of art deco, Althoff’s genre painting draws equally from comic illustration and graffiti. Pretty boys with trendy haircuts, designer jackets, and mobile phones are celebrated with a timeless essence. Painted on brown paper, Dei Handi utilises crafty and transient material to achieve an historical authority and authenticity of the avant-garde. Althoff’s contemporary scenes expose the same dark mores as his historical fables: mob mentality fed by bravado and peer pressure. Within the innocence of a discotheque, brews a condition ripe for barbarism.
Untitled
Kai Althoff
Untitled

1997

pen, pencil and tape on board

186 x 100cm
Kai Althoff’s soldiers are drawn with delicate stylised dandyism. Conveyed with refined nobility, debauchery and humanity become indistinguishable; cruelty is portrayed with an acute tenderness. Flattened to an almost decorative motif, Althoff’s scene reads like theatre. Reminiscent of Georg Grosz’s depictions of Berlin’s WW1 underworld, deplorable action is staged for consensual pleasure, a chic poster glamorising the (un)desirable.
Untitled
Kai Althoff
Untitled

2000

Lacquer, paper, watercolour and varnish on canvas

50 x 50cm
Kai Althoff’s paintings of Prussian soldiers flirt with a homoerotic subtext. His decorated brotherhood thinly veils their carnal motives under the guise of authority. He paints his violence with a sensual tenderness, rendered in the creaminess of folk tale fantasy.
Winter
Kai Althoff
Winter

2002

Watercolour, metallic paint and varnish on canvas

60 x 40cm
In Winter, Althoff uses a variety of media to add an unexpected quality to his graphic composition. Approaching the painting itself as collage, Althoff flaunts difference of style in each separate element to create tension and possible narratives within the unified whole. Dark dream-like scenes adopt a painterly quality of reverence: a crouching figure is painted over crumpled aluminium foil, creating both a geological texture and reference to gilded religious icons. Sheltered like a grotto by a hard-edged militaristic design, punctuated by photographic images of stylised masculinity, they feed the painting with spirituality. Layers of ephemeral hues and high-gloss varnish create a transcendental illusiveness, perpetually flitting between gravitas and disco chic.
Untitled
Kai Althoff
Untitled

1999

watercolour, pen and pencil on board

25.5 x 24cm
Kai Althoff’s portrait is rendered with rudimentary simplicity: shape, tone and colour create a totality of exquisite presence. Untitled boasts a contained elegance, deceptive in its complexity. Sexualised with reference to Egon Schiele, Untitled is an overture of dandyism. Kai Althoff tenders this painting with the contrived scrutiny of the most discerning connoisseur. Haughty and self-possessed, Kai Althoff’s boy is a perfect specimen. Both ruffian and swan song, he encapsulates the duplicity and danger of idealised beauty.

Kai Althoff's BIOGRAPHY

Kai Althoff
Born in 1966, Cologne, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne, Germany



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Punkt, Absatz, Bluemli, Gladstone Gallery, NY

2008
Kai Althoff, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2007
Kai Althoff, Ich Meine es Auf Jeden Fall Schlecht mit ihnen, Kunsthalle, Zurich
Nick Z and Kai Althoff, We Are Better Friends For It, Gladstone Gallery, New York

2005
ACME, Los Angeles

2004
Kai Kein Respekt, MCA, Chicago
Kai Kein Respekt, ICA, Boston
Immo, Simultanhalle, Cologne

2003
Vom Monte Scherbelino Sehen, Diözesanmuseum Freising, Munich

2002
Kai Althoff and Armin Kraemer, Kunstvereien Braunschweig

2001
Impulse, Anton Kern gallery, New York
Aus Dir, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne

2000
Hau ab du Scheusal, Galerie Neu, Berlin
Galerie Ascan crone, Hamburg
ACME, Los Angeles

1999
Ein Noch zu Weiches Gewese der Urian-Bunder, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne
Galerie Gabi Senn, Vienna

1998
Reflux Lux, Galerie Neu, Berlin
bezirk der Widerrede, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne

1997
Hilfen und Recht der äußeren Wand (an mich), Anton Kern Gallery, New York
In Search of Eulenkippstadt, Robert Prime Gallery, London
Heetz, Nowak, Rehberger, Museo de Arte Contemporanea ca USP,Sao Paolo

1996
Hakelhug, Galerie Christian Nagel,Cologne

1995
Hast Du heute Zeit, Ich aber nicht, KĂĽnstlerhaus Stuttgart
Modern wird lahmgelegt, Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Kirsche-Jade-Block, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

1994
Zur Ewigen Lampe, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
Uwe: Auf Guten Rat Folgt Missetat, Lukas and Hoffman, Cologne

1993
Lukas and Hoffman, Berlin


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
At Home/Not at Home:Works form the collections of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, CCS bard/ Hessel Museum of Art, Hudson, New York
Beyond/In WNY, Alternating Currents, Albright Knox Triennial, Buffalo, New York
The Summer Bazaar, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

2009
Between Art and Life: The Painting and Sculpture Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
Kai Althoff and Erin Allen, Justin Beal and Lisa Williamson, ACME Gallery, Los Angeles
Mapping the Studio: Artists from the Francois Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Brandon Stosuy and Kai Althoff: Mirror Me, DISPATCH Projects, New York
Video Journeys, Sister Gallery, Los Angeles

2008
Painting: Now and Forever, Part II, Greene Naftali and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Life on Mars, Carnegie International, Pittsburgh

2007
Makers and Modelers, Gladstone gallery, New York
Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida
Genesis I’m Sorry, Greene Naftali, New York

2006
Heart of Darkness: Kai Althoff, Ellen Gallagher and Edgar Cleijne, Thomas Hirschhorn, The Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis
Paintings In Tongues, MOCA, Los Angeles

2005
Nolens Volens, Galerie Neu, Berlin
Important, Modern and Contemporary Art, Gary Nader, Miami
The Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery, London

2004
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Corvi-Mora, London (Armin Krämer, Abel Auer, Robert Elfgen, Kai Althoff)
Sans Soleil, Galerie Neu, Berlin

2003
Malerei II Ausstellung Nulldrei, Christian Nagel, Köln
Lieber Maler, male mir, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Venice Biennale, Museo Correr, Venice
EU3, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Nature Boy, Elizabeth Dee, New York

2002
Drawing Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Dear Painter, Paint Me, Centre Pompidou, Paris

2001
Neue Welt, Frankfurter, Kunstverein, Frankfurt
Musterkarte. Modern Painting in Germany 2001, Galeria Heinrich Erhardt, Madrid
Vom Eindruck zum Ausdruck, Grasslin Collection, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

2000
Drawing 2000, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Deutsche Kunst in Moskau, Central House of Artist, Moscow
Premio Michetti, Europa differenti prospettive nella pittura, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare Chieti, Italy

1999
German Open. Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
The School of Athens - German Art Today, Hellenic Art Galleries Association, Athens
How Will We Behave, Robert Prime, London
On Paper, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen
Ars Viva 98/99, Portikus, Frankfurt
Oldnewtown, Casey Caplan, New York

1998
Ars Viva 98/99, Kunstverein Braunschweig
Ars Viva 98/99, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen, Cottbus
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Wrapped, Vestsjaellands Kunstmuseum, Soro

1997
Heetz, Nowak, Rehberger, museo Contemporarneo, Sao Paulo
Time Out, Kunsthalle NĂĽrnberg
Home Sweet Home, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Symposion, Icebox / Venetia Kapernekas, Athen

1996
Glockengeschrei nach Deutz. Das Beste aller Seiten, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Wunderbar, Kunstverein, Hamburg
Heetz, Nowak, Rehberger, Museum Abteiberg,Mönchengladbach (with Cosima von Bonin and Tobias Rehberger)

1995
Fächerfest, Forum Stadtpark, Graz
Wild Walls, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

1994
Stonewall, White Columns, New York
Sonne MĂĽnchen, Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Stockholm Smart Show, Lukas & Hoffmann, Cologne

1993
Unfair, Cologne
Aperto 93, Venice Biennale, Stand Schafhausen, Venice
E, KĂĽnstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
6 Wochen BrĂĽssel, Lukas & Hoffmann, Brussel