530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Gunter Langer
The Figure and Unknown Places
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY

  • Begegnung   Begegnung
    Acrylic on Paper
    23.5" x 16.5"
    Gunter Langer

  • Red Dress   Red Dress
    Acrylic on Paper
    23.5" x 16.5"
    Gunter Langer

  • Genussoase   Genussoase
    Acrylic & Gouache on Paper
    30" x 22"
    Gunter Langer

  • Die Weite Welt   Die Weite Welt
    Acrylic & Gouache on Paper
    30" x 22"
    Gunter Langer


Gunter Langer

GUNTER LANGER

The Figure and Unknown Places
July 7 – July 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6-8 PM

Like Balthus before him, Gunter Langer takes nubile girls as his subject-matter. Unlike Balthus, Langer’s drawings and mixed-media paintings take their cue from fashion and design more than classical works of art. Langer’s works are both sensual and playful. The women he depicts often adopt the seemingly casual yet often uncomfortable poses found in fashion magazines; and his men are equally distinguished by being forever en vogue.

What stands out against the variety of Langer’s techniques and the media he applies is his emphasis on the human figure, which he sometimes styles as a nude and sometimes in deshabille. His acrylic on paper work,
Begegnung (a word which roughly translates into “encounter”), shows a young woman in a slip looking directly at the viewer. The work everywhere alludes to a designer’s sketch, with flecks of saffron-red embellishing the woman’s cheeks and knuckles. She also seems to be grabbing her left hand with her right thumb and forefinger, as though self-consciously. In light of this gesture, the title of the painting seems to unpack into a rendering of irrepressible sexual tension.