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Rupert Goldsworthy
Circus Berlin
2008
acrylic and Flasche on brown paper, 228 x 240 cms
Ritter / Zamet, London
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MAD ALLURE
by Erik Bakke



Rupert Goldsworthy’s new paintings loom over the viewer like shadows in a dark alley, bewildering, threatening, flickers of images from the spectacle of the Berlin street, where an architecture of Baroque Prussian militarism is overlaid by emblems of Muslim and Berber immigration and penetrated by the dark secrets of Germany’s 20th-century. Working on brown paper in an illustrator’s hand, Goldsworthy gives his signs a neoclassical poise, as if marking a threshold between a dystopian past and an alien future.

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