MARC STRAUS

Gallery

Paul Pretzer

November 18 - February 5, 2022

Opening Reception
Thu November 18 2021, 4pm

MARC STRAUS is pleased to present Paul Pretzer’s fifth solo exhibition of new paintings with the gallery.

This newest body of work is inhabited by new hybrid characters. Everyday objects and recognizable logos merge with animals. There is a wonderful tension between the familiar and the absurd. The ambivalent content is held together through masterly painterliness and vivid new color arrangements.

Pretzer’s quasi-surrealistism always has a tension between narrative subject matter and formal compositional concerns. Single objects possess the gravitas to bind entire planes of abstraction, like lonely ships amidst Turner’s turbulent seas. His attention to color, line and shape become more evident now. There is a persistent sense of the familiar – Pretzer assembles images from the rich history of art, more now from Spanish sources as Pretzer has relocated to Barcelona.

The squids are borrowed from Picasso, and the expressionistic passages of color pay fealty to Guston. Replacing decorative patterns or mountainous terrains, the colorful backgrounds are made up of vibrant and vivid brushwork. In some works monochromatic bands span the bottom, perhaps alluding to Newman’s zips. These serve as optical respites to the charged composition. In the end these are usually humorous, wry, and lively reflections of everyday objects, animals and people.

Paul Pretzer (b. 1981) completed his MFA in 2007 at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden, Germany. With immediate success he has exhibited widely since 2006, including solo shows in Basel, Berlin, Düsseldorf, and New York. His work is in numerous private and public collections such as Städtische Galerie, Dresden, Stadtgalerie Kiel, The Rubell Family Collection and the Sør Rusche Collection.

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Works In Exhibition
Paul Pretzer 2021
17.1 x 23.2 in (43.5 x 58.8 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Arrangement Blanc

2021
17.1 x 23.2 in (43.5 x 58.8 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
23.6 x 19.2 in (60 x 48.8 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Every now and then i fall apart

2021
23.6 x 19.2 in (60 x 48.8 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
31.5 x 21.7 in (80 x 55 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Gideon & George

2021
31.5 x 21.7 in (80 x 55 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
17.1 x 20 in (43.5 x 50 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Isn't she lovely (The Admiration)

2021
17.1 x 20 in (43.5 x 50 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
Oil on wood
16.3 x 12.4 in (41.5 x 31.5 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Mediterranean Methods

2021
Oil on wood
16.3 x 12.4 in (41.5 x 31.5 cm)

Paul Pretzer 2021
Oil on wood
8.7 x 7.3 in (22 x 18.6 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Odem

2021
Oil on wood
8.7 x 7.3 in (22 x 18.6 cm)

Paul Pretzer 2021
23.6 x 23.6 in (60 x 60 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Panoptic Puddle

2021
23.6 x 23.6 in (60 x 60 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
17.1 x 11.4 in (43.5 x 29 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Paul & Paul

2021
17.1 x 11.4 in (43.5 x 29 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
17.1 x 17.1 in (43.5 x 43.5 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Rider

2021
17.1 x 17.1 in (43.5 x 43.5 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
23.6 x 21.7 in (60 x 55 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Right here

2021
23.6 x 21.7 in (60 x 55 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
Oil in wood
8.7 x 11.8 in (22 x 30 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Rubin

2021
Oil in wood
8.7 x 11.8 in (22 x 30 cm)

Paul Pretzer 2021
17.1 x 14.6 in (43.5 x 37.2 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Schwanenlied

2021
17.1 x 14.6 in (43.5 x 37.2 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
11.8 x 7.7 in (30 x 19.6 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Slow Music

2021
11.8 x 7.7 in (30 x 19.6 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer 2021
13.8 x 10.4 in (35 x 26.5 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
The Beauty of Magnetism

2021
13.8 x 10.4 in (35 x 26.5 cm)
Oil on wood

Paul Pretzer Paul Pretzer
2021
Oil on wood
15.3 x 17.1 in (38.8 x 43.5 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Walk this way

Paul Pretzer
2021
Oil on wood
15.3 x 17.1 in (38.8 x 43.5 cm)

Paul Pretzer 2021
8.7 x 11.8 in (22 x 30 cm)
Oil on wood 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Where there's smoke there's fire

2021
8.7 x 11.8 in (22 x 30 cm)
Oil on wood

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