Eberhard Havekost 1996-2006: Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection
Eberhard Havekost’s work critiques the proverbial dialogue between painting and photography by establishing a visual language that hovers in the grey space between the two. What is at once apparent in the juxtaposition of these two seemingly disparate media in Havekost’s hands, is their mutual dependence, despite their differences.
Working from personal photographs and found images, Havekost presents iconography that is familiar to all urban and suburban dwellers: bland modernist structures, featureless landscapes, and images of actual and impending violence. The significance of his work lies not in its subject matter, however, but in its execution. With a ready supply of images, artists like Havekost are as concerned with what to paint as they are how to paint. Resembling the generalization of color and tonal output of an inkjet printer, or a CCTV camera scanning our activities, Havekost’s works succeed in blending photography and painting–once rival genres. His creations are original work, by hand, but by digital processes too.
The Rubell Family Collection aims to present the entire range of an artist’s oeuvre by collecting large bodies of work of a single artist. This exhibition here marks the first museum showing of German artist Eberhard Havekost in the United States. The works for this exhibition were drawn exclusively from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, Florida.