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Christoph Schmidberger (Austrian, b.1974)
LOT ID: 80583
Kris, 2005

Graphite, on MDF Panel
17 х 20.75 in. (43.18 x 52.7 cm.)
Signed, titled, and dated verso
Lot description
Artwork measures 17 x 20.75 inches (43.2 x 52.7 cm). Framed in Plexiglas box.

This 2005 drawing by Christoph Schmidberger is an enigmatic portrait of a fashionably dressed young man in a graveyard, standing near a headstone marked "KRIS." The work's ambiguity is intensified by the prominent shaft of sunlight cutting into the image from the right, unsettling the viewer's relationship to the subject while serving as a commentary on the flatness of the picture plane.

Christoph Schmidberger (b. 1974) is an Austrian painter and draughtsman best known for representational works, most often portraits, which are characterized by a sensual, ethereal aesthetic and an ironic detachment from the subjects depicted. Schmidberger attended the Higher Technical College of Graphic Arts, Graz, Austria and the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. He has had solo exhibitions at Union Gallery, London, England (2011); Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy (2011); Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles, CA (2007 and 2009); Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2005 and 2007); Goff + Rosenthal, New York, NY (2004 and 2006); and Neue Galerie Graz, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria (2001). He has also exhibited at the Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2008); the Royal Academy of Arts, London, England (2006); and Zwirner & Wirth, New York, NY (2005). Schmidberger’s work is represented in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Kris by Christoph Schmidberger
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