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Painting gone out of fashion yet again? Authenticity and individual authorship even more so? Overshadowed by greed, fraud and forgery scandals, the art scene increasingly appears to mistake itself for art.

That said, turning to a painted image is nothing out of the ordinary for a distinguished painter like Heribert C. Ottersbach, who is known for always putting the status of this »uncool« medium to the test. Yet his new pictures are confusing: instead of the usual challenging work complexes, in which he addresses contemporary events, art and cultural history, »trivial« subjects and manageable formats now characterize his current work. He paints still lifes, landscapes, banal architecture, and painted signatures without any obvious relation to each other.

The seemingly »unspectacular« comes to the fore, yet the critical gaze vital to Ottersbach's work remains unchanged and suggests a deeper, profound intention. These are confusions that have become images, and at the same time images of reflections on the impulsive and opposing forces that lead to the creeping alienation of art and the art world.



Artist: Heribert C. Ottersbach
Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
Text: FK Blaustein
Design: Beck & Eggeling (Antonia Eggeling)


English, German
Heft, 29,5 x 19,5 cm
24 pages, 44 illustrations


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Available works of the artist

Heribert C. Ottersbach, untitled (Rallersta), 2012, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, untitled (Rallersta), 2012, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Arkadia-Anflug, 2008, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Arkadia-Anflug, 2008, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Kleiner Waldspaziergang (1), 2017, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Kleiner Waldspaziergang (1), 2017, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Alle meine Farben), 2015, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Alle meine Farben), 2015, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Memoria ‒ No Threat, 2017/18, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Kleiner Waldspaziergang (4), 2017, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, No Trespassing, 2011, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Warhol (from the series "Signatur mit Bild"), 2015, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Moderner Künstler (from the series "Icons"), 2014, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Nebensache (2), 2017, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Kleiner Waldspaziergang (2), 2017, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Übermaltes abstraktes Bild (verbessert), 2016, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Morandi (from the series "Signatur mit Bild"), 2015, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, No Trespassing, 2014, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Fake/Original, 2014, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Falsche Drogen (Missverständnis der Moderne) (from the series "Icons"), 2013/14, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Die Zeit), 2009, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Mondrian schaut auf die Moderne), 1996, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Horror Vacui, 1985, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Angelus Novus), 1993
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Picasso (4.4.52) (from the series "Signatur mit Bild"), 2016, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Breughel (4.4.67) (from the series "Signatur mit Bild"), 2016, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, M. L. K. (from the series "Icons"), 2013, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Blumen, vertrocknet), 2013, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Schweigen, 2012, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Park), 2011, © Heribert C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Ausflug nach Vrena, 2011, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, 'No Exit', 2011, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Handicaped, 2014, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Moderne+Idylle), 2003, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o. T., 1995, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Associated exhibition

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On offer due to circum­stances

Dusseldorf / 2 September – 29 October 2016

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Vienna / 18 November – 10 December 2016

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