MARKUS LÜPERTZ
Tents: Early Dithyrambs
29 March through 25 May 2007
UPPER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK
 

In 1963 Markus Lüpertz embarked on the series of “dithyrambic” paintings, his first independent and mature works. The earliest “dithyrambic” pictures were pictorial inventions of sculptural forms in planar space that lie somewhere between abstract and representational imagery: forms evocative of architecture or figuration, though not always overtly so. The artist later augmented his practice of inventing forms by seeking fresh inspiration and new motifs from a variety of unlikely and banal sources, and in 1965 began this series of paintings depicting tents and tent-like forms.