Nino Mier Gallery is thrilled to announce a series of three concurrent solo exhibitions by André Butzer (b. 1973 in Stuttgart, Germany) alongside a joint exhibition by Jayme Burtis (b. 1969 in Los Angeles, CA) and Butzer. Paintings and works on paper by Butzer will span Galleries 1, 2, and 4 at our West Hollywood locations from November 5, 2022 – January 7, 2023, while Burtis’ and Butzer’s double show will be on view in Glassell Park from November 6, 2022 – January 7, 2023.
Thüringer Wald (Works on Paper 2001–2022) is a survey of the past two decades. This selection of works on paper captures the full expressive diversity of André Butzer’s practice. The formal range present in these works, reflects his thematic interest in the opposing poles of modernity: its horrors, particularly those of 20th century Germany, and its wonders.
Figuration and abstraction always are one upon Butzer’s highly chromatic and solidified picture planes. Certain images and forms repeat across the papers in circuits. Works containing tangles of scribbles or intersecting bands of color lay bare the apparatus of representation. Other works appropriate pinnacles of painterly representation—like a reproductions of Raphael’s famous self-portrait, inscribed with a large, red N for Butzer’s utopian place in space that is his NASAHEIM.
Regarding Butzer’s works on paper, Gwen Allen, professor of art history and director of the School of Art at San Francisco State University, writes: “As a draftsman, Butzer is as fiercely uninhibited as he is a painter, employing a vast repertoire of linear expression […]. If, at the dawn of modernist abstraction, such expressive license served as a foil to the mechanization of the industrial age, Butzer’s drawings prompt us to consider what such properties might signify today, in our own post-industrial—and increasingly post-human—era.”
André Butzer was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1973 and lives in Berlin-Wannsee.
Institutional solo exhibitions include: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2023); Friedrichs Foundation, Weidingen (2022); YUZ Museum, Shanghai, and Museum of the Light, Hokuto (2020); IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art, Eupen (2018); Växjö Konsthall, Växjö (2017); Bayerisches Armeemuseum, Ingolstadt, and Neue Galerie Gladbeck (2016); Kunstverein Reutlingen (2015); Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz (2014); Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, and Kunsthistorisches Museum / Theseustempel, Vienna (2011); Kunsthalle Nuremberg (2009); Kunstverein Ulm (2005); Kunstverein Heilbronn (2004).
Selected public collections include: Aurora Museum, Shanghai; Art Institute of Chicago; Carré d’Art, Nîmes; Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York; Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; Deichtorhallen Hamburg; Faye G. Allen Centre for the Visual Arts, University of Washington, Seattle; Friedrichs Foundation, Weidingen / Bonn; Hall Art Foundation, Reading / VT | Derneburg; Hölderlinturm, Tübingen; IKOB Musée d’Art Contemporain, Eupen; Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin State Museums, Berlin; LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Marciano Art Collection, Los Angeles; MARe Museum, Bucharest; MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; Nationalgalerie / Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Rubell Museum, Miami; YUZ Museum, Shanghai.