Galerie St. Etienne
As is traditional, the Galerie St. Etienne's summer exhibition features RECENT ACQUISITIONS, while also recapping highlights of the past season.
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In a market characterized by dwindling availability, the gallery has been particularly fortunate to have acquired major oil paintings by each of the principal Austrian modernists: Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. The RECENT ACQUISITIONS exhibition also showcases a stellar group of works by the German master Lovis Corinth, all of which come directly from the estate of the artist's daughter. Works by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Erich Heckel, E.L. Kirchner Kathe Kollwitz and others round out the selection of Expressionist material. In the area of self-taught art, the summer show includes the gallery's characteristic mix of older and newer artists, European and American material. Featured are works by the Serb Ilija Bosilj (introduced by the gallery in 2004), Henry Darger, Minnie Evans, the artists of Gugging, Grandma Moses, Michel Nedjar, Bill Traylor and Scottie Wilson. Last but not least, the exhibition includes work by three contemporary artists, Sue Coe, Alexis Rockman and Martha Rosler, all of whom call attention, in different ways, to the potentially disastrous political, economic and environmental realities hiding beneath the prosperous veneer of present-day American society.
RECENT ACQUISITIONS is documented by a comprehensive checklist, which is available free of charge by mail or can be down-loaded from our website http://www.gseart.com. The accompanying essay contains the Galerie St. Etienne's annual 'state of the market' report, which this year discusses the growing prevalence of an investment mentality among some collectors and skyrocketing prices at auctions and art fairs.