Rainer Fetting (German, b.1949), painter and sculptor, initially trained as a carpenter. He attended the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin from 1972 to 1978. While there, Fetting and other artists established the Galerie am Moritzplatz. Fetting held his first exhibitions here, and the group became known as the originators of the “Neue Wilde” or “Junge Wilde” (“Wild Youth”) style. A Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) scholarship allowed Fetting to visit New York in 1983, and the experience rapidly impacted his style. Up to this point, his art had often been characterized as flat, but he began to use bright colors and strong, dynamic lines that gave his pieces a newfound energy. In the late 1980s, Fetting also began creating bronze works. Fetting has been featured in a number of exhibitions, including A New Spirit in Painting at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1981. He has also held many solo exhibitions at galleries and museums including the Mary Boone Gallery in New York, NY; Galerie Bruno Bischhofberger in Zurich, Switzerland; Yvon Lambert in Paris, France; Marlborough Gallery in New York, NY; Museo di Barcelona; Boukamel Contemporary Art Gallery in London, England; and Galerie Deschler in Berlin, Germany. Rainer Fetting currently lives and works in Berlin and New York.

Timeline

1949
Born Wilhelmshaven, Germany
1977
Co-founder & member of the Galerie am Moritzplatz, Berlin, Germany
1972–1978
Student at the Academy of Art (HdK), Berlin, Germany
1978
German Exchange Grant (DAAD) for New York
1989
I.G.Metall Kunstpreis, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and New York, NY

Exhibitions

2012–2013
Rainer Fetting - Fotografie, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany
2012
Sammlung Marx, Eine Auswahl, Museum Narodowe w Szczecinie, Stettin, Poland
2011
Sammlung Marx, Eine Auswahl, Atlas Sztuki Lodz, Poland
2011
Rainer Fetting - Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Germany
2011
Neue Bilder, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany
2011
Der heilige Augenblick, Museum am Dom, Würzburg, Germany
2010
Walking the Dog, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany
2010
Macht zeigen - Kunst als Herrschaftsstrategie, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
2010
Berlin zeichnet, Ludwig-Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Kunsthalle Rostock, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen, Germany
2010
The 80s Revisited - aus der Sammlung Bischofberger, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
2010
Neo-Expressionist Painting From Berlin, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2010
Manscapes, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany
2010
Some Paintings, Galerie Deschler, Berlin
2009
Le Souci De Soi, Don't Projects, Paris (group)
2009
Großstadtbilder - New York, Berlin, Saarbrücken, Congresshalle Saarbrücken, Germany
2009
Some Paintings 1974-2009, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany
2008
Rückkehr der Giganten, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremen, Germany
2007
Summer Setting, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany
2007
Kunst und Kanzler, Villa Grisebach, Berlin, Germany
2007
Waters, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Mailand, Italy
2006
Deutsche Bilder aus der Sammlung Ludwig, Ludwigsgalerie Schloss Oberhausen, Germany
2006
Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich (solo)
2005
Los Angeles Surfscapes, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich (solo)
2005
(my private) Heroes, Museum MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
2005
New York Underground, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany
2005
Rainer Fetting trifft Lovis Corinth, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany
2004
CURIOUS, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany
2004
Summer Setting, Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany
2004
Berlin-Moskau, Germany
2004
Particular view, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence
2003
Kunst Köln, Cologne, Germany
2003
Art Frankfurt, Germany
2003
Galerie Deschler, Berlin, Germany
2003
Blickachsen, Bad Homburg, Germany
2003
Expressiv!, Fondation Beyeler, Basel / Riehen, Switzerland
2003
Obsessive Malerei, MMK Karlsruhe, Germany
2003
Go, Johnny, Go!, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2003
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2003
Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg, Germany
2003
Neue Bilder, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich (solo)
2002
Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
2002
Boukamel Contemporary Art Gallery, London, UK
2002
Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2002
Neue Wilde, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz (Sammlung Martin Sanders), Germany
2001
Landschaften, Kunsthalle Emden (cat.), Germany
2001
Modelle: Desmond, Ole, Andrea, Raoul, Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg, Germany
2000
Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin (bei Lamy Galleria, Heidelberg), Germany
2000
Männerbilder, Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Germany
2000
Neue Bilder – Neue Skulpturen, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich (solo)
1999
Paintings, Boukamel Contemporary Art Gallery, London (cat.), UK
1999
Fifty Years, Anniversary Exhibition for his 50th Birthday, Bilder und Skulpturen, Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg, Germany
1998
Fotografie, Boukamel Contemporary Art Gallery, London (cat.), UK
1998
Berlin – Fotografien und Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich (solo)
1997
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany (cat.)
1997
Heftige malerei - Figurative deutsche Malerei der sechziger bis neunziger Jahre in der Sammlung Würth, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
1996
Willy Brandt-Skulptur für Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, Germany
1995
Rainer Fetting und Zeitgenossen aus der Sammlung MartinSanders, Staatliches Russisches Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (cat.)
1995
Galerie Edition Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
1994
Neue Arbeiten, Pfefferle Galerie Munich, Germany
1994
Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Forsblom Zurich, Switzerland
1993
Jan Baum Gallery Los Angeles, USA
1993
Estudio Lisenberg Buenos Aires, Argentina
1993
Galerie Tobias Hirschmann Frankfurt, Germany
1993
Greifen Galerie Greifswald, Germany
1993
etchings and silkscreens 1978-1992, Ratner Gallery Chicago, USA
1993
Mönche, Raab Galerie Berlin, Germany
1993
Still-Lifes, Raab Gallery London, England
1993
Exposition d'Estampes, ARTCurial Paris, France
1992
America by Rainer Fetting, Raab Galerie Berlin, Germany
1992
Galerie Pfefferle Munich, Germany
1992
Desmond, Galerie Pfefferle Rumforstrasse
1992
Bilder und Arbeiten auf Papier, Schloß Holdenstedt, Kunstverein Uelzen, Germany
1992
Etchings and silkscreens 1978-1992, Raab Gallery at Millbank London, England
1992
Galerie M, Burg Knipshausen Wilhemshaven, Germany
1992
New York, Raab Gallery London, Germany
1992
New Paintings from Berlin. Aus der Sammlung Martin Sanders, Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
1991
Drehung, Galerie Pfefferle Munich, Germany
1991
Köpfe, Galerie Mönch Bremen, Germany
1991
Graphik, Albrechtburg Meißen, Germany
1991
Works on paper and painting, Glasgow Print Studio Glasgow, England
1991
Rainer Fetting 1990/1991, Raab Galerie Berlin, Germany
1991
Rainer Fetting 1990/1991, Raab Gallery, Cork Street London, England
1991
Recent paintings & Works on Paper, Miriam Shiell Fine Art Toronto, Canada
1990
Gemälde und Skulpturen, Berlin/New York, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Stadtmuseum Weimar Berlin, Germany
1988
Refigured Painting, The German Image 1960-1988, Toledo, Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
1988
Portraits, Stadtlandschaften, Wald, Skulpturen, Raab Galerie, Berlin/London (cat.), Germany/UK
1987
Berlinart 1967-1987, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1987
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
1987
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
1986
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (cat.)
1986
Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (cat.)
1986
New York Landscapes, Portraits and Sculptures, Marlborough Gallery, New York (cat.)
1982
Zeitgeist, Internationale Kunstausstellung Berlin 1982, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
1982
Anthony d”Offay, London (cat.), UK
1982
Mary Boone, New York, USA (cat.)
1982
Paul Maenz, Cologne, Germany
1981
A New Spirit in Painting, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
1981
Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich, Switzerland
1980
Heftige Malerei, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
1980
Stadtbilder, Galerie am Moritzplatz, Berlin, Germany

Literature

2012
Rainer Fetting, Photography. Mit einem Text von Travis Jeppesen. Berlin: Editions Braus, 2012
2011
Rainer Fetting, Berlin. Katalog zur Ausstellung in der Berlinischen Galerie 2011. Mit Texten von Travis Jeppesen, Guido Fassbender, Heinz Stahlhut und Simone Wiechers. Berlinische Galerie, 2011
2009
FETTING (Umfassende Monografie zum künstlerischen Werk Rainer Fettings). Mit Beiträgen von Arie Hartog, Jan Hoet und einem Interview von Heinz Stahlhut. Köln: Dumont Verlag, 2009
2009
Le souci de soi, by Alice Pfeiffer for Dazed Digital, December 2009