Spotlight

Elvira Bach

Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin (S28)

Elvira Bach, Frühsport, 1978, Resin Paint on Paper, 70 × 100 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin

Elvira Bach, Frühsport, 1978, Resin Paint on Paper, 70 × 100 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin

Galerie Kornfeld presents iconic work by celebrated German artist Elvira Bach from 1978-1985, including Frau mit Bananen (1978), exhibited in SO 36 and Badeanzüge, and featured in documenta 7 in 1982. Works never before shown will also be on view.

Bach is arguably amongst the most recognized German painters today. Central to her work are images of women who disrupt common perceptions of femininity. Her iconic portraits of non-conformist female subjects and self-portraits challenge standard notions of gender, and define the contemporary emancipated woman: the “Neue Frau.” Her figures are known for their large, erotic, self-confident qualities, with broad androgynous squared shoulders, athletic arms, and strong gripping hands. Additional highlights of the presentation include 6 large-scale paintings, and a smaller piece from 1978. This body of work covers a wide variety of characters and self-portraits depicting seductive, self-assured and provocative women. The works hold an energetic and alerting quality, most of them in flamboyant color.

Bach (b. 1951, Germany; lives and works in Berlin) studied under Hann Trier at the Berlin University of the Arts from 1972-78. Associated with the “Neue Wilde” movement, she received an invitation to documenta 7 in 1982, and quickly gained national and international recognition. The re-evaluation of her work at Frieze seems both timely and significant in the current social and political climate of our times; encouraging discussion around normative depictions of women in both media and society.