Roman Kalinovski reviews a recent exhibition of works by Adrian Ghenie at Pace Gallery, New York.
Kalinovski writes: “Ghenie has become, for one reason or another, the figurehead of the Cluj school of figurative painters. A decade ago, he captivated the art world with bleak images of life under Ceaușescu during the waning days of Soviet communism. Since then he has, like Francis Bacon before him, grappled with the atrocities of history through the medium of paint. Despite the thematic consistency with his previous work, Ghenie’s most recent exhibition at Pace, alive with bright colors with hardly a shadow in sight, represents an aesthetic break from his past.”