Neo Rauch: Aus dem Boden / From the Floor at The Drawing Center, April 12 – June 28, 2019

The Drawing Center will present Neo Rauch: Aus dem Boden / From the Floor, the first exhibition entirely devoted to his drawings in the United States. Neo Rauch is one of the best-known artists from the Leipzig school in Germany. His psychologically complex paintings have been widely collected and written about for more than twenty years. Featuring more than one hundred fifty never or rarely seen works that span over thirty years of Rauch’s career, this exhibition will present drawing as an essential but often overlooked aspect of his oeuvre. A collaboration between The Drawing Center and the Des Moines Art Center, the show was presented first in Des Moines from September 27, 2018–January 6, 2019. Co-organized by Brett Littman, former Executive Director of The Drawing Center, and Jeff Fleming, Director of the Des Moines Art Center, with Amber Harper, former Assistant Curator at The Drawing Center. 

The drawings, which Rauch describes as ‘dreams on paper,’ are made during periods of intense painting activity and are left on the floor of the studio for his assistant to pick up and place in flat files for storage. Rauch, who never makes preparatory sketches or drawings before he begins painting, uses the medium instead to mine his own subconscious and to visualize characters and scenarios for the works in progress. His drawings range from thumbnail compositional sketches for paintings, to phone doodles, to figure and landscape studies, and to more formal and completed works.” — The Drawing Center

Falle, 1995. Felt-tip pen, crayon on paper, 8 3/8 x 5 5/8 inches. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and David Zwirner © Neo Rauch, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Hauptquartier, 1996. Ink, pencil, oil on paper, 12 3/8 x 19 1/4 inches. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/ Berlin and David Zwirner © Neo Rauch, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Tantentäuscher, 2006. Oil, chalk, felt-tip pen on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and David Zwirner © Neo Rauch, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Zentrifugen, 2013. Felt-tip pen, pencil on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and David Zwirner © Neo Rauch, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Kringel, 2011. Crayon, pencil on paper, 11 5/8 x 16 1/2 inches. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/ Berlin and David Zwirner © Neo Rauch, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Die Eselp leger, 2013. Felt-tip pen, oil on paper, 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/ Berlin and David Zwirner © Neo Rauch, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Der Stammbaum, 2017. Oil on paper, 66 1/1/4 x 81 3/8 inches. Courtesy the artist, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin and David Zwirner © Neo Rauch, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Images courtesy The Drawing Center.