In our spring exhibition artworks of New York-based painter Elizabeth Peyton will be on display at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. For this exhibition the artist has chosen to show a specific selection of works: Exclusively and for the first time ever in this combination, portraits of musicians are on view in Baden-Baden. For instance you will encounter David Bowie, Pete Doherty, Jessye Norman or Jonas Kaufmann performing on stage.
These portraits attest to Peyton's intensive examination of a most vulnerable but at the same time pivotal moment in the process of artistic creation: the moment in which musicians enter the stage and step in front of the audience. Hence the selected works also reflect creativity as such as much as Elizabeth Peyton's own creative process.
Altogether, there will be 30 oil paintings and works on paper from the last 20 years of Peyton's career on display in Baden-Baden. The vast majority of the exhibits are part of private American collections and have rarely or not all all been shown in Germany. In addition to that Elizabeth Peyton will, for the first time, exhibit a number of photographies of the performances and live events that are the point f departure for most of her works. These images will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog alongside the respective paintings by the artist.