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New Leipzig School
(movement, 1990-present)


When the painters who are now the young lions of the international art scene enrolled at the venerable Art Academy
in Leipzig in the early 1990’s, they wanted to study art as it was taught for centuries - drawing from nude models,
mastering the rules of perspective and analyzing formal composition. The ascendance of abstract painting in the
years after World War II had eroded that tradition in the West, elevating originality and authentic feeling over
technique and lifelike depictions, and reducing the word "academic" to a slur.



Artists New Leipzig School:
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he New Leipzig School of painters is being massively hyped around the world. But it does have its finger on the pulse, writes Christian Schüle.
American art collectors are currently in a "feeding frenzy" for any painting coming out of the so-called New Leipzig School.  Members of this school all attended the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst where they learned to paint in the figurative tradition. The New York Times had an adulatory article on the New Leipzig School which will no doubt help push the prices into the stratosphere.  The relative isolation of Leipzig - especially during the DDR years - insulated the original painters from Western fads and today contributes to the mystique of the School…
When the painters who are now the young lions of the international art scene enrolled at the venerable Art Academy in Leipzig in the early 1990’s, they wanted to study art as it was taught for centuries - drawing from nude models, mastering the rules of perspective and analyzing formal composition…
Berlin Art Now explores the mindsets, mentalities, and working practices of twenty-three painters and sculptors whose work is now shaping Berlin’s burgeoning art scene. The city itself plays an integral role in each artist’s style, distinguishing Berlin’s resident artist culture from those of other Western European cities. With text by Mark Gisbourne of the Courtauld Institute in London and photographs of both the artists and the city by noted portraitist Jim Rakete, Berlin Art Now poses (and answers) the question, Why Berlin, and why now?




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