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Using traditional painting techniques and engaging with established art historical themes, the collaborative duo Muntean/Rosenblum present a figurative composition that investigates the influence of the media on contemporary perception. Composed within a rounded-edge frame, the young models appear to the audience as through a TV screen or a frame from a comic strip. Furthering this illusion, the artists provide a caption at the bottom of the image: "the problem with happiness is that in its rarity, it proves intensely terrifying and anxiety inducing to accept."

Collaborative artist-duo Markus Muntean (b. 1962, Graz, Austria) and Adi Rosenblum (b. 1962, Haifa, Israel) began working together in the early 1990s, with the notion of employing traditional figurative painting techniques and subjecting them to themes found in contemporary culture. Ultimately, the work of this artistic-team often explores universal themes in contemporary society that deal with the longing for individual identity, while faced with the behavior that is promoted via mass media and broader cultural norms. The artists include a comic-strip style caption, which has since become a common element in their work. While traditionally meant to take on the role of helping to clarify the message or intent of the work, these disjointed phrases are presented to the viewer for them to extract meaning from. The artists have exhibited extensively throughout the world, with shows held at Tate Britain in London, the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York, the Saatchi Gallery in London, and the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna.

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Provenance:
  • Private collection, New York
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 16.25 x 12.25 in. (41.28 x 31.12 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Glass
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