Ken Aptekar | the artist

The artist Ken Aptekar
Born 1950, Michigan, USA.
Lives and works in Paris and New York, .

Style and technique of the artist: Painting,

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Ken Aptekar puts words and paintings together. He paints on wood panels, then bolts glass sandblasted with texts over them. Using the history of art as his playground, Aptekar toys with paintings from the past, and he connects them to the present...

Inspired by the true story of Louis XV’s mistress who needed Art more than anything in the world, Aptekar offers a highly personal look at the cultivated, clever and ever-loving Madame de Pompadour...

In 1997, Aptekar selected a number of seventeenth- to early-nineteenth-century paintings from the Corcoran’s collection as the basis for an exhibition of thirty works titled Talking to Pictures...

Aptekar borrows his imagery from great artists of the past, adding text (often sandblasted on glass over his paintings) to open a dialogue between art history and the viewer...

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