Artists: Natacha Ivanova (Russia), Rachel Lowther (United Kingdom), Ali Mahdavi (Iran), Roman Opalka (Poland), Alexandre Ponomarev (Russia), Egill Sæbjörnsson (Iceland), Chris Sauter (San Antonio), Marko Velk (Croatia), Vuk Vidor (Serbia), Fritz Welch (Brooklyn).
In this inaugural exhibition honoring the famous 1982 Norman Rosenthal show in Berlin by the same name, Zeitgeist showcases works by an international group of gallery artists working in different media. This exhibition explores deconstruction, architecture and minimalism through Alexandre Ponomarev’s work (representing Russia at the Venice Biennale) in which the form of an island transitions from a video to drawing; and a large-format installation by Brooklyn artist Fritz Welch. The multi-generational selection of artists, both emerging and established includes minimalist paintings by Roman Opalka juxtaposed to an over-the-top ping-pong video installation by Egill Sæbjörnsson. Natacha Ivanova’s fairy tales paintings, on the other hand, flirt with Rachel Lowther’s bewitching humanistic tree. Artist Marko Velk presents large, dark charcoal and black pastel on paper and Vuk Vidor’s work uses an explosion of color in his giant pop-political super-hero canvases. Chris Sauter cuts out and sculpts the American Flag into a direct political association and brings history back to its literal roots, connecting agrarian society to the development of human culture.