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Preparing for Darkness.
A New Movement in Contemporary Painting

Editor: Uwe Goldenstein

Published by Selected Artists Edition
Texts by Uwe Goldenstein, Lucia Rossi, Antonio M. Coppola, Martin Deppner, Philippe Rey
212 pages, linen hardcover. English / German
Featuring the oeuvre of Nicola Samorì, Teodora Axente and Radu Belcin
Including works by Inna Artemova, Daniel Behrendt, Adam Bota, Alin Bozbiciu, Adrian Ghenie, Simone Haack, Maurizio L’Altrella, Daniel Pitín, Flavia Pitis, Sergiu Toma, Richard Wathen, Matthias Weischer

ISBN 978-3-00-066995-8
Weight: 1700 gr. | 310 x 250 x 28 mm | Paper: Luxo Art Samtoffset 170 g/qm

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“It’s time for a divorce. A divorce from a type of contemporary painting that seems suspended in eternal post-modernity; one that, through a marked lack of painterly skill, can’t seem to reference anything but itself. This state of modern art can be experienced as a “pluriverse” of styles, citations, and allusions without a semblance of internal coherence. (…) With this publication, I would like to pose a counter concept. The 15 selected European painters, all born in the 1970s and 80s, stand as examples of a generation marked by an exceptional intellectual approach to artistic practices. The resulting profound examination of art history, paired with extraordinary artistic skill, can be seen as veritable and imminent, as they each, through their own unique style, offer a real, pictorially comprehensible and perceptible dialogue between past art and their own inscribed emotional world. What unites them is a resurrection of melancholy, which returns to highlight the magical in a viewing experience. In that sense, my chosen metaphor “Preparing for Darkness” is meant to describe both melancholy and status quo, uniting these 15 artists, as unique as they are, into a new movement in contemporary art.”

Uwe Goldenstein


Cont. Art Issue, January 2021. Read whole review and interview here

Weltkunst, 10. März 2021. Die Künstler des Manifests „Preparing for Darkness“ wie Adrian Ghenie oder Nicola Samorì möchten in ihrer Malerei der heutigen Zeit mit Melancholie begegnen


Die Zeit. Kunst und Auktionen, Februar 2021