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10/21, Stefan Kurten: Millefleurs
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Nancy Tubbs

October 20, 2017    

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco presents:

Stefan Kurten: Millefleurs

Artist reception: Saturday, October 21, 4-6 pm; Exhibition October 21 - December 2, 2017, Tu, W, F, Sa 10am-5:30pm, Th 11am-7pm, San Francisco


Stefan Kurten likes to say that every weekend of his childhood was spent accompanying his parents and their realtor in their search for the "perfect home." In his eighth solo exhibition, marking the 20th anniversary of working with Hosfelt Gallery, Kurten explores the deep and universal yearning to find that quintessential place.

With eleven paintings on paper, Kurten imagines what the perfect home would look like. Chic. Modern. Glassy. Immaculate. Affluent. Open. Enveloped by and harmonious with nature. Safe. Epitomizing the dazzling promise of economic prosperity and social stability in the post-World War II West. These images exert a powerful emotional pull. Yet are also - often indefinably - uncanny.

Anchoring the exhibition are two major new works. The first is a monumental canvas, two years in the making - an encyclopedic masterpiece that aims to be a reflection of everything in our world. The second is a 5 1/2 x 7 foot multi-panel work on paper representing the tenacious human belief in progress - our desire to make life happier and the world a better place.

Stefan Kurten is a professor at the famed Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, where, as a young man, he studied with Michael Buthe. Kurten is also an alumnus of the San Francisco Art Institute. His recent solo museum exhibitions include Kunstmuseum Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany; Kunstlerverein Malkasten, Dusseldorf; Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; and Museum im Kulturspeicher, Wurzburg, Germany. Several of his paintings are in the Saatchi Gallery and were included in "Gesamtkunstwerk, New Art From Germany" in 2011. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as well as many others. He lives and works in Dusseldorf.

Related Events:
Artist Lecture: Thursday, October 19, 7-9 pm at the San Francisco Art Institute
Film Screenings: November 1, 6-8 pm; November 16 and 30, 5-7 pm

Artist reception: Saturday, October 21, 4-6 pm; Exhibition October 21 - December 2, 2017, Tu, W, F, Sa 10am-5:30pm, Th 11am-7pm

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
260 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103

No Charge.

Phone: 415-495-5454
Contact: Michaela Khalfayan

About Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco:
Hosfelt Gallery has shown international emerging to mid-career artists since 1996 in San Francisco. In fall 2012, Hosfelt expanded into a new 8,900 sq ft San Francisco venue. Our program is built around artwork with a refined level of execution that addresses critical inquiries in relation to the history of art, culture, politics, and intellectual discourse.
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