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1st release, November 2020
Preparing for Darkness
A New Movement in Contemporary Painting
Editor: Uwe Goldenstein
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
Art Direction: Uwe Goldenstein | Graphic Design: Juha Richter, Uhura Digital (Berlin)
Weight: 1700 gr. | 310 x 250 x 28 mm | Paper: Luxo Art Samtoffset 170 g/qm
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Cover image: Nicola Samorì, L'Imperterrito, 2013, oil on wood,
100 x 100 cm, Selected Artists Collection
Review by Julien Delagrange, Contemporary Art Issue
Since the new millennium, a new generation of artists – born after 1970 – have been obtaining a similar tendency in their artistic practices. Marked by a figurative pictorial language, these separate actors follow their creative urges and incentives resulting in a body of works reflecting todays Zeitgeist. A bounding factor, beside the figurative visual language, is the darker edge and atmosphere externalizing the existential weight and status quaestionis of contemporary life.
The emergence and manifestation of this recent art historic phenomenon hasn't occurred without going unnoticed. Uwe Goldenstein – author, curator, collector and gallery owner – has been fascinated by this tendency in contemporary painting for over twenty years, following its development closely and participating as a key figure in this exciting and ongoing art historical debate. Recently, Goldenstein has compiled his 20-year research journey, sharing his vision and unparalleled expertise on the matter, postulating a new movement in painting with the publication Preparing for Darkness (2020).
One of the main protagonists of this publication – and by extent of this new wave in painting – is the Italian master Nicola Samorì (b. 1977). Featured alongside the likes of Teodora Axente (b. 1984), Radu Belcin (1978), Adrian Ghenie (b. 1977) or Matthias Weischer (b. 1973), the importance of Samorì is reflected in his presence in the catalogue in question, resulting in an elaborate and exhilarating interview with Lucia Rossi as one of the many highlights.