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SELECTED WORKS BY Stefan Kurten

Ultramarine II
Stefan Kurten
Ultramarine II

2004

Oil on Canvas

120 x 150cm
Stefan Kürten’s architecture-based compositions propose a new Germany growing over abandoned constructs and aspirations of a fading past, where memories are broken down and allowed to mutate into dizzying pattern and abstraction – and, notably, where man-made structures and nature are seen to coalesce.
The Handsome Family
Stefan Kurten
The Handsome Family

2004

Oil on Canvas

190 x 270cm
Decorativeness and ornament permeate his oil paintings. The surfeit of roots, branches, foliage and flowers looming over interior objects and neat brick walls is almost impossible to take in all at once. The subjects in the mid-century art collector chic of Ultramarine II (2004), the busy pattern and soft furnishings of Long Time Now (2002) and the backyard vertigo of flora and collapsed modernist housing of The Handsome Family (2004) and Heartbeat (2004-2005) share a slightly aggressive sense of wild, untamed beauty perhaps most disquieting in the overgrown brutalism of Silence (2001). Rich metallic tones imbue his motifs with an unreal, oneiric, displacing them from their usual context, as if referencing the look and connotation of religious illuminations.
Silence
Stefan Kurten
Silence

2001

Oil on Canvas

188 x 267cm
Kürten’s catalogue of imagery merges the impersonal with an intimate sense of presence, creating a weird domestic geography that’s both comforting in its familiarity and asphyxiating in its excessive detail. As the artist puts it, ‘the paintings are differing versions of an idyll, or rather stages of disappearing idylls. They seem to find a last refuge in all sorts and styles of picturesque houses with manicured lawns and cosy living rooms, or tamed and domesticated versions of nature, the gardens and parks of our communal recreation, counter-images and escapes from the quotidian and its purposeful rationality. Like faded images from a long expired dream, their very lack of authenticity makes them true.’
Long Time Now
Stefan Kurten
Long Time Now

2002

Oil on Canvas

145 x 190cm
Heartbeat
Stefan Kurten
Heartbeat

2004-5

Oil on Canvas

190 x 270cm

Stefan Kurten's BIOGRAPHY

Stefan Kurten
Born in 1963, Düsseldorf, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf and New York


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012
Come on Home, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Here Comes the Night, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY

2010
Darker with the Day, Parkhaus im Malkasten, Düsseldorf
Supernatural, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf
Time goes by, City Hall, Neuss

2009
Printaffairs: Stefan Kürten and Kiki Smith, Mike Karstens Galerie, Münster
Once in a Lifetime, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

2008
Trains and Boats and Planes, Alexander and Bonin, New York
Always, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf
Black Mirror, Thomas Dane, London
Transmission, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf

2007
Shadowtime, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld
Shadowtime, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Cheated Hearts, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf

2006
Green Carpet, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
Bad Moon Rising, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2005
Dream Maker Galerie Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Thomas Dane, Ltd., London

2004
Unerklärliche Phänomene, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf
Somebody Else’s Dream, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

2003
Something to believe in, Alexander and Bonin, New York
The Nearest Thing to Heaven, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg

2002
Die besten Jahre, Galerie Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf
Perfect Day, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2001
Darker With The Day, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
As tears go by, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf
In einem anderen Land, an einem anderen Ort, Galerie Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf

1999
Every Day is Like Sunday, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

1998
Die Lüge der Erinnerung/The Lie of Memory, Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
Different Worlds Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong

1997
Andere Stimmen, andere Räume, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf

1996
Aus Wiedersehen Bielefeld, Galerie Raab, Berlin

1995
Schwarzweisse Welt, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf

1994
Jonker Gallery, Amsterdam
The Good, The Bad, The Between, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

1993
Das ABC des Lebens, Kulturforum Alte Post, Neuss, Germany
Dietmar Werle, Cologne
Life Cycles, Artspace, San Francisco

1992
The Living Room, San Francisco
Lebensgeschichte, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf
Mundos Symbolicum, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

1991
The Diversity of Life, Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles
Aschenbach Galerie, Amsterdam

1990
One Thousand and One Mornings, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

1989
Matrix 131: Stefan Kürten, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

1988
Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf

1984
Fun Gallery, San Francisco

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Semi-Permeable, Hosfelt Gallery, New York, NY

2011
Gesamtkunstwerk:New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London
Einfluss: 8 from Düsseldorf, Hosfelt Gallery, New York; Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
4 on paper: Robert Bordo, Diango Hernández, Stefan Kürten, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2010
Optical Shift – Illusion und Täuschung / Illusion and Deception, B-05 Kunst und Kulturzentrum, Montabaur
Collecting the New, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Mona Hatoum, Stefan Kürten and Rita McBride, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2009
Privat – Wuppertaler Sammler der Gegenwart, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal

2008
2 x [ (2 x 20) + (2 x 2) ] + 2 = X x (desperately) trying to figure out the world,
Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich
Interieur, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf
Garten Eden: Der Garten in der Kunst seit 1900, Kunsthalle, Emden

2007
Painters, Galerie Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf
Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Home Sweet Home, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA
Die Kunst zu sammeln, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
Early Retirement, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich
Idylle, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca; Städtische Galerie, Remscheidt

2006
I love the Burbs, Katonah Museum of Art, NY
Now Playing, Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York

2005
Ansichten, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf
Le peintre de la vie moderne/De schilder van het moderne leven/The Painter of
Modern Life, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, Netherlands
M Theory, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
The City: Contemporary Views of the Built Environment, Lehman College Art
Gallery, Bronx, NY
Editions, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2004
Weltinnenräume, Sammlung Hanck, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
Come back in one piece, Galerie Anna Klinkhammer, Düsseldorf
the gallery selects…, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2003
Gäste, Galerie Fricke, Berlin
Die Romantikfalle, Gallerie Robert Drees, Hanover, Germany
New Prints, International Print Center, New York
Land and Sea, Alexander and Bonin, New York

2002
Wheeling, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin

2001
bis dahin, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf
All-Terrain, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach
Urban Views, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf

2000
Fresh Flowers, Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle
Of the Moment, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Extraordinary Reality, Columbus Museum of Art, OH

1999
Who’s Afraid of…, Galerie Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf

1998
Country, Parkhaus Malkasten, Düsseldorf
Der Akt in der Kunst, Gallery Raab, Berlin

1997
Stefanismus, Raum X, Düsseldorf
Portraits, Galerie Raab, Berlin

1996
Letzter Aufguss, Wellenbad, Düsseldorf

1995
New Acquisitions, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

1994
Hundeschau, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf
On Paper, The Drawing Room, Amsterdam

1993
Stephanienstrasse 16, Stephanienstrasse 16, Düsseldorf

1992
Malerei, Räume für Kunst, Wuppertal
Förderkoje, Art Cologne, Cologne
New Acquisitions, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

1990
The Idealists, Galeries Raab, Berlin
Pictures from this Life, Artspace, San Francisco
Forum, Messe, Düsseldorf

1989
Fresh Views, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Show One, Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts ,Oakland, CA
Landscapes, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

1988
Tout le Numéro, Goethe Institut, Casablanca

1987
Painting, Lorence Monk Gallery, New York

1985
Real Surreal, Lorence Monk Gallery, New York
Perspektiven 3, Kunstverein Düsseldorf

1984
P 11, Im Klapperhof, Cologne
End Art, Galerie Gugu Ernesto, Cologne