David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Neo Rauch, on view at 533 West 19th Street in New York. At the Well brings together small and large format paintings that expand the artist’s unique iconography of eccentric figures, animals, and hybrids within vaguely familiar but imaginary settings.
Born in 1960 in Leipzig, then East Germany, Rauch is part of a generation of artists who came of age in a war-torn, divided country. He spent his youth in the Eastern Bloc, and received his arts education at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. The impermeable border within Germany famously tempered the advance of Western avant-garde movements in the East, where figurative painting maintained its predominance. Not until the end of the 1980s did a shift become apparent, and Rauch, then in his late twenties, came to spearhead a break with the existing dogma.