Neo Rauch: At the Well

Neo Rauch, Über den Dächern, 2014, oil on canvas, 98 1/2 x 118 1/8 inches (court
Neo Rauch, Über den Dächern, 2014, oil on canvas, 98 1/2 x 118 1/8 inches (courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and David Zwirner, New York/London)

Dan Piepenbring blogs about the exhibition Neo Rauch: At the Well at David Zwirner Gallery, New York, on view through December 20, 2014.

Piepenbring writes: "Looking at Rauch’s paintings, you feel as if you’ve gotten lost in the corridors of a vast, oppressive Soviet bloc building and opened the wrong door: you’ve stumbled upon the neon guts, the recondite boiler room, of social realism. Everyone is hard at work—but what are they working on? Again and again, his paintings find stone-faced men and women in dutiful pursuit of some arcane greater good. They plod through slanted, parti-colored worlds of clock towers and quaint rooftops, abrading the land without doing violence to it. This is labor as ritual, or ritual as labor."