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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)


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


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Available works of the artist

Heribert C. Ottersbach, Bedingungen und Möglichkeiten (Stillleben), 2015, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Bedingungen und Möglichkeiten (Stillleben), 2015, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Die Stille ist so laut, 2020, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Die Stille ist so laut, 2020, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Franco, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Franco, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Drinnen ist auch nicht besser als draußen, 2020, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Drinnen ist auch nicht besser als draußen, 2020, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Wallpaper (Detail), 2017, © 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, Blumen machen auch keinen Sinn (Blumenbild), 2020, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Blumen waren früher schöner (Blumenbild), 2020, © 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, Åkerö, 2008, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Christians metaphysische Übungen, 2019, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Die Fische sieht man nicht, 2018, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Trosa am Meer, 2018, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Eisflug, 2010, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Kein Pferd ‒ weit und breit, 2018, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, sommerfest und abgelegen, 2018, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Haus im Gelände, 2019, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Vor der Garage, 2018, © 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, Nebensache (1), 2017/18, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, B.M. (from the series 'Icons'), 2012, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Blumen der Kindheit, 2018, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, NW24, 2014, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Kiosk 1, 2007, © 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, Siesta, 2006, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Ohne Titel (Moderne und Arbeit macht frei...), 1996, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, untitled, 1993, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, o.T. (Angelus Novus), 1993, © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Heribert C. Ottersbach, Horror Vacui, 1985, © 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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