Isa Genzken: Basic Research Paintings


Isa Genzken, Basic Research, 1989, oil on canvas, 90 x 75 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne.
Until September 6, 2015

Exhibition, ICA, London, UK, until 6 September
Since the early 1970s, Isa Genzken has developed an extraordinary practice tending toward a focus on large-scale sculptures, installations, and impressive wall mounted panels. Lesser known are her paintings. Having experimented with a variety of different materials and art forms, including assemblage and photography, film and video, Genzken also produced two prominent series of paintings spanning the late 1980s and early 90s, compelling in that they invite scrutiny from the micro to macro, revealing themselves as close-up impressions of urban architecture or aerial views of alien landscapes. Her approach to abstract painting is emboldened through a straightforward and direct approach that rarely strays from a range of dark hues.