1 janvier 2011
"Inferno of the Innocents" - Helnwein Retrospective at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento California.
January 29 through April 24, 2011
GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN'S DISTURBING IMAGES ON DISPLAY AT THE CROCKER
06. Februar 2011
The Sacramento Bee
Victoria Dalkey
Gottfried Helnwein looks more like a rock star than an internationally acclaimed artist. Dressed all in black, with a bandanna around his head and dark glasses hiding his eyes, he resembles, in a superficial way, Bono. Like Bono, he is concerned about the most troubling issues of our times: violence, inhumanity and oppression.
There is a cinematic quality to all of Helnwein's works, which seem to be projected on a wide screen. These "stilled cinematic moments," as Crocker curator Diana Daniels calls them, are powerfully affecting. "He deals with difficult subjects in a way that isn't propagandistic," Daniels said. "It's an open-ended way of dealing with historic subjects that are in danger of slipping away from us." Many of the images are very disturbing, and the museum has issued a warning that some images may be challenging for sensitive or younger viewers. But the show is a powerful one, posing questions we all need to contemplate.
The Disasters of War 10
oil and acrylic on canvas, 2007, 187 x 120 cm / 73 x 47''




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