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Roger Herman
"Indian" 6.5-Foot Noteworthy Original Oil Painting on Canvas by Roger Herman

1982

$80,000

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"Indian," an original oil on canvas by Roger Herman, is a piece for the true collector. It is an impressive 80 inches by 80 inches. Rarely in life do you come across a painting that you can build a collection around, a piece that is also an art collection all by itself. This work not only helped catapult Herman's career, but arguably it is his most collectible work. A truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This spectacular painting cannot be properly communicated digitally – it is a far more impactful and meaningful experience in person. This work of art would definitely enhance most homes or professional settings, perfect for those who have an affinity for abstracts, Neo-Expressionism, modernist paintings, or postmodern art – or simply just want that one piece that stops everyone and starts every conversation. Rather than crafting an eloquent description of the work, we thought it more fitting to let you read the words from the 1982 ArtForum magazine that prominently featured the painting. "Indian" was chosen to be the featured image and was reviewed by art historian Howard Singerman in the Los Angeles section, which along with other major cities, included writings chronicling important artists and their works at that time. "Indian" was also chosen as the basis for the Ulrike Cantor Art Exhibit Poster that was also produced as a woodcut in a limited edition. Both images of the magazine and poster have been included in the image bank. Art historian Howard Singerman's words from the December 1982 ArtForum Magazine: "...Herman's expressionistic style... with its roots in German Expressionism and the New York School, is previously painted. His mean colors, thick pigment, and quick strokes are not a direct record of emotion and activity, they are not painting outside language, but signs for that painting, for an emotion and an activity that are no longer available. The expressionist act is recast as romantic aspiration; in his inscription, Herman evokes painting's past and admits his need for its aura. The past hangs heavily over the exhibition's more recent work, too, but now Herman's citings are more pointed and his past a more obviously represented and ironic one. ...Indian's subject, a painted "red" Indian is... an image of freedom from the bonds of a tired culture. But a splintery woodcut of the same Indian, from a group of four prints... is dedicated to Karl May, a German mythologist of the American West. Herman's Indian, like his revolutionary and his ocean, has always been metaphor. Herman's distance even undermines the emblematic immediacy of his expressionism, which he uses to attain more distance still. Unlike the flattened, aggressive figures that push to, and threaten to push through, the surfaces of most new painting, Herman's figures are situated in middle ground and buried beneath the paint. The Indian peers from behind a loosely painted frame which holds him in the picture..." Artist: ROGER HERMAN (1947-) Title: INDIAN Medium & Surface: ORIGINAL OIL ON CANVAS (frameless, ready to hang) Signed: ARTIST NAME AND ARTWORK DETAILS ON ORIGINAL GALLERY LABEL ON VERSO Year Created: 1982 Country of Creation: UNITED STATES Image Area Dimensions: 80 x 80 INCHES Canvas Frameless Dimensions:* 80 x 80 x 1.5 INCHES *This work of art is being sold as a frameless work of art. This frameless display is the standard display option for this artist's work and is ready to hang. If you would like to add a frame, please contact us for Custom Archival Framing options. Additional Info: HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE MONUMENTAL WORK BY ROGER HERMAN – ARGUABLY HIS MOST COLLECTIBLE WORK. ULRIKE CANTOR GALLERY ORIGINAL LABEL ON VERSO. THIS WORK FEATURED IN DECEMBER 1982 ARTFORUM MAGAZINE. Provenance: ULRIKE CANTOR GALLERY, LOS ANGELES, 1982 Artist Info/Bio: ARTIST BIOGRAPHY DOCUMENT AND DECEMBER 1982 ART FORUM MAGAZINE ARE INCLUDED Documentation: CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY IS INCLUDED About the Artist: Roger Herman, a German painter and ceramic artist, has become well known for the broad range of styles encompassed within his work across multiple mediums. Roger Herman was born in Germany in 1947, where he began his studies at the Kunstakademie in Karlsruhe. In 1976, he was offered a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which took him across the world to San Francisco. It was here, in California, that his career began to flourish. He started by creating paintings of phenomenal proportion, soon christened as the West Coast parallel of the 80s Neo-expressionist movement. It was highly referential work, drawing on his knowledge of art history, as well as his famed sense of humor. With loose, facile brushwork, his art is reminiscent of the figurative German painters who emerged in the 1970s—like Markus Lüpertz (who taught at the Kunstakademie), Rainer Fetting, Dieter Hacker, Georg Baselitz, and K. H. Hödicke. His work gaining international renown, he was asked in the 80s to teach in the art department of UCLA. He accepted, and over the course of three decades transformed the department into one of the most in-demand in the United States. In this position, he contributed to the rise of several West Coast artists. According to Cyril Kuhn, ‘every painter in the last 30 years who has come out of Los Angeles owes a debt to him.’ It wasn’t until 1998, more than two decades as a painter, that Herman rethought the direction of his work. Taking lessons from one his students, he began to work in clay. While his medium may have changed, however, his painterly beginnings remain apparent in his approach, treating each pot as a blank canvas on which he layers careful brush strokes. Herman found freedom in the combination of painter’s technique and clay medium, a juxtaposition that became fundamental to his development. Herman has shown widely in the United States and Europe. Solo exhibitions include George Lawson Gallery, San Francisco, Ace Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles and New York, Larry Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Museo del Arte Contemporana, Mexico City, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Roger Herman currently resides in Los Angeles, where he continues his work.

Details

  • Creator
    Roger Herman (1947, German)
  • Creation Year
    1982
  • Dimensions
    Height: 80 in. (203.2 cm)Width: 80 in. (203.2 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Framing
    Framing Options Available
  • Condition
    This work is in great condition consistent with age. The painting on canvas features a frameless display and is ready to hang.
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU146428986542

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