At 80, the German Neo-Expressionist Markus Lüpertz Is Still Inventing and Experimenting

Markus Lüpertz, German Motif – Dithyrambic II (1972). Courtesy of Galerie Michael Werner. © Markus Lüpertz.

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About the Artist: Over his career, 80-year-old Neo-Expressionist artist Markus Lüpertz has explored a painterly style that blends abstractions with bursts of figuration, focusing on singular elements. Born in Liberec, in what is now the Czech Republic, Lüpertz developed his unique visual language in Berlin alongside artists such as Georg Baselitz, A.R. Penck, and Jörg Immendorff. His was one that sought a more expressive, emotional language, seeking a predecessor in the oeuvre of Francis Picabia.

The artist, who is represented by Galerie Michael Werner, is currently the subject of a comprehensive exhibition, “Small Irrational Retrospective Under the Guidance of the Artist,” at the Museum of Modern Art Moscow. The exhibition works from the 1960s to the most recent works created in 2021. 

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