The Galerie Kaschenbach has been a constant figure in the German art scene since the 1950s. Over four generations of unmatched expertise and a deep-seated knowledge of the art world has equipped Daniel Marx, great-grandson of the Kaschenbach family, to branch out and found Galeria K in 2009.
Galeria K has an excellent selection of modern art, with a strong focus on hyperrealism, Pop Art, Photo Art, and sculpture. The gallery’s founder and chief curator, Daniel Marx, represents a carefully curated assemblage of fantastic talent including; Alex Katz, Mel Ramos, James F.Gill, and Lorenzo Quinn. At the same time, the gallery also presents new and innovative works from emerging artists from all over the world. We discover the work of some of Galeria K’s most prolific artists, exploring ideas of displacing found decorative objects, figurative art deco prints, and a new kind of pop realism.
Suscha Korte’s work explores the power of juxtaposition. Placing gold-rimmed porcelain plates and contrasting them with objects from everyday life. Her work explores the narrative quality of these objects, using them to symbolise chapters in people’s lives. Pairing kitchen towels and postcards, with delicate China, presenting a pillow as if it were a priceless work of art in a luxury auction; her work creates expressive and symbolic tableaus ripe with meaning. Lurking beneath the quiet facade of her work, is a mysterious story that is waiting to be told. According to Dr.Ina Ewers-Schultz “The pictures are portraits without people because they do not portray particular people or represent on particular fate, but are rather a portrait of our humanity.”
Born in Brooklyn at the height of the roaring twenties, Alex Katz became infamous for his large-sized portraits. Alex Katz visited the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, and continued his studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Taking inspiration from Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Alex Katz created his own iconic style combining expressive brush strokes, simple shapes, and two-dimensional graphics that heralded the early beginnings of pop art.
In the seventies, Alex Katz concentrated on printed graphics and produced several free standing collages, constantly taking inspiration from the natural world. His expansive body of work, created throughout a career spanning more than fifty years, has cemented his place as an icon of the art world. Alex Katz has exhibited in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, the Brooklyn museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Sebastien Krüger is a german artist born in Hamelin Germany in 1963. He started his career as a successful illustrator after graduating from the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts. Sebastien Krüger worked on cover page illustrations for various German and international press, before moving on to Free Painting, the medium in which he devoted the rest of his illustrious career.
Throughout the years, he developed the New Pop Realism style, which combines the art of caricature and free painting. He painted several icons of the music industry which include several music legends like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, the latter becoming his good friends. Sebastien Krüger quickly became an advocate of a new pop art, juxtaposing fact and fiction, masterfully creating a dichotomy between identity and pose. His work forces us to reflect on the power of the media representation of rock and roll iconography.
“Everything is in transition, that’s all” - Sebastien Krüger
Words by Hannah Tan