Deutsches Haus at NYU presents "The Romantic Sublime," an exhibition by the artist Paul Gisbrecht. Please join us for the opening on Wednesday, September 6, from 6 to 8 pm.
The Romantic Sublime (2013) consists of private views of the New York skyline from the rooftops of peoples’ homes and offices. The figures seen from behind, gazing into the distance reference Caspar David Friedrich’s romantic landscape paintings, especially Monk by the Sea (1810) and Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (1818). The individual experience of the divine and nature in Friedrich is replaced with the individual experience of the modern city. The private views of the New York skyline are charged with paradoxical notions of hope and futurity, on the one hand, and abandonment and morbidity, on the other.
Paul Gisbrecht is a Soviet Union-born German artist. He was a DAAD grant holder and received his MFA in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. Amongst other awards, Gisbrecht has received the Sony World Photography Award, the German Young Photographers Award and the Hasselblad Masters Award. Gisbrecht works in photography, video, sculpture and installation. He is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York.