Adrian Ghenie

Untitled (Self-Portrait as Hitler), 2012

Collage on paper
Signed and dated 2012 on the reverse
9 x 13 1/4 inches (23 x 33.5 cm.)

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Provenance - Galeria Plan B, Cluj
Exhibited in Poznan, ZAMEK Centre of Culture, The Castle in the Air. Séance of Imagination, November - December 2012
Very Good
Sotheby's London
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Adrian Gheni is a Romanian contemporary artist. He is influenced by personal and historical memory, with a particular focus on national identity. Often compared to Francis Bacon, Gheni prefers to use a pallet knife instead of the traditional paintbrush as it gives a higher sense of movement, expression and texture to the works. Favoring villainous historical and cinematic figures, as well as abstract subjects, his pieces often unveil feelings of vulnerability and frustration.

Untitled (Self-Portraits as Hitler) showcases Genie's dark and disturbing figurative style, featuring the artist’s self-portrait in the guise of one of the most tormented figures of 20th century history. The artist’s face is partially superimposed with a paper cut of Hitler’s most distinctive facial features, his moustache and fringe, blurring his original identity beyond recognition. The overlaid sheets of paper confer an appealing texture to the piece. Adrian Gheni is a promising young artist on the rise, who has been conquering galleries and art collectors in his barely 15 years of artistic career.

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