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Bruce Silverstein is pleased to present the gallery’s first show of the G erman artist Max Neumann. Neumann (b.1949) has exhibited extensively abroad over the past thirty years\, but this marks the artist’s first solo exhibi tion in New York. Featuring new large-scale paintings as well as a selectio n of over-painted found photographs\, this show presents a rare opportunity to see an extensive group of works by an artist who has been the subject o f over 150 solo exhibitions since the mid 1970s.

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Neumann\, a painter\, has constructed a visual vocabulary borne from varied and innumerable sources\, including picture magazines\, newspa pers\, and other media. His work draws from memory—dreamlike fragmented rec ollections reduced to the outline\, shape and shadow of the original. While he concentrates primarily on the subject / form of the human figure\, his paintings of heads and standing men are nearly always faceless—anonymous is olated silhouettes that the viewer fills with meaning. Nearly always painte d entirely black (only this year did the artist introduce bright red\, gree n and blue color to his opaque figures)\, these heads and bodies are a leit motif of his work\, a subject that carries tremendous weight despite their spare detail and placement in a rootless space. As the artist prefers not t o divulge his inspiration and source material\, it is difficult to articula te a definitive meaning or give easy explanation of these images\; rather\, Neumann leaves the viewer to fill in the gaps\, to add details\, and to co nstruct imaginary narratives\, as his images exist outside of time or place . With their bareness\, Neumann’s paintings possess an emotive power\, and an ineffable psychological drama that is remarkably real\, yet entirely inf erred.

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Max Neumann lives and works in Berlin. His works are in numerous public and private collections worldwide \, including the Neue Nationalgalerie\, Berlin\; The Museum Folkwag\, Essen \; Museo de Bellas Artes\, Oviedo\; Hamburger Kunsthalle\; Fondation Maeght \, St. Paul de Vence\; and the Seibu Museum\, Tokyo.

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DTEND:20121222 DTSTAMP:20140918T201115 DTSTART:20121129 GEO:40.749178;-74.0053719 LOCATION:Bruce Silverstein\,535 W.24th St. \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Max Neumann UID:241122 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR