Tim Eitel: Elsewhere

January 26 – April 28, 2013

Tim Eitel has gained a reputation as one of the best young painters working today. Recognized as a leading representative of the “New Leipzig School” of painting—a moniker imparted on a small group of artists who together attended the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts—Eitel has risen to international prominence for his distinctive approach and contributions to the field of contemporary painting. Many of Eitel’s enigmatic works contain representational subjects inhabiting reductivist environments. From slate grey clouds in an ominous sky to a small fire burning in outward isolation, Eitel employs a palette of minimal, muted color to arresting effect. For his exhibition at the Rochester Art Center—his first large-scale survey exhibition in the United States—32 works completed between 2002 -2012 provide a broad insight into the artist's practice over the last decade.

Associated programming:

Wednesday, January 23 | 7 pm
In advance of the exhibition opening, Tim Eitel will present a public artist talk, sharing insights into his work and process. Admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 26 | 7 pm
Celebrate the opening of exhibtions by Tim Eitel, Jeanne Faust, and Jessica Ashley Nelson. Admission is free for Rochester Art Center members and $5 for the non-members. A cash bar will be provided by Söntés.

Saturday, March 2 | 1 – 4 pm
Inspired by the work of Tim Eitel, visitors will explore abstraction and the figure, and painting and photography to create one-of-a-kind art work. Admission is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 7 | 6:30 pm
Rochester Art Center has designed and published an 88 page fully illustrated exhibition catalog with essays by Gregory Volk and RAC Chief Curator Kris Douglas. Tim Eitel has created a special edition lithography print. Both are available for purchase at a reception prior to the lecture by Gregory Volk. Light refreshments will be provided.

Click here to preview the Tim Eitel catalog and print.

Thursday, March 7 | 7 pm
Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic and freelance curator. He writes regularly for Art in America, where he is a contributing editor, and his articles and reviews have also appeared in many other publications, including Parkett and Sculpture. He has written extensively about contemporary art in Germany including “Figuring the New Germany” Art in America, 2005 and “Neo Rauch: Time Straddler” Art in America, 2010. Among his many contributions to exhibition catalogs are essays on Ayse Erkmen (Turkish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2011), Joan Jonas (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2007), and Bruce Nauman (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006). His essay on Vito Acconci is featured in Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body, 1969-1973, published by Charta in 2007 and his essay on Andy Warhol’s late work appears in Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, published in 2009 by the Milwaukee Art Museum and Prestel.

Volk has curated numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including Carnival Within at UferHallen in Berlin (2009), which he co-curated with Sabine Russ; Three Parts Whole at i8 Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland (2011); and Outdoor Excursions at Burlington City Arts in Burlington, Vermont (2011). Volk received a BA from Colgate University and a MA from Columbia University. In addition to his activities as a writer and curator, he is Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Image: Tim Eitel, Anhöhe, 2003, oil on canvas, 94.5 x 71 inches.
Courtesy: Marc and Livia Straus Family Collection
Photographer: Uwe Walter, Berlin.
© 2012 Tim Eitel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.