Juan Uslé

May 12 – June 30, 2007

On Friday, May 11, 2007, Galerie Thomas Schulte is opening an individual exhibition with new paintings by Juan Uslé, with a preview from 7 to 9 pm.

As the American critic Dan Cameron describes a significant aspect of Juan Uslé's work, "Behind the often startling playful textures and opacities is an artist on a deadly earnest mission to restore validity not simply to abstract painting, but to painting itself. Uslé takes on the formidable challenge to make a case for the visual and intellectual vitality of abstract art...He has set about re-investing the language of lyrical abstraction with intensity and purposefulness."

Uslé's works appear based in the seemingly fragmentary visual world of postmodern urbanism and technological civilization, engaging with the constant process of filtering with which our "inner eye" responds to today's optical mass of information. In this way, they can find their own compositional balance in a particularly poetic fashion.

Juan Uslé, born in 1954 in Santander, Spain, lives and works in New York and northern Spain. In recent years he has become one of the most important painters internationally. His painting and photography has been presented in numerous important individual exhibitions in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, for example at Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Saatchi Gallery, Vienna's MUMOK, Centro Reina Sofia, Gent's SMAK, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He participated in the 51th Venice Biennale in 2005. In Germany, his works have been shown at Documenta IX and most recently at a retrospective held at Leverkusen's Museum Morsbroich. Many catalogues have been published documenting his work.

Juan Uslé awarded the national art price of Spain in 2002.

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