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SEBASTIAN SCHRADER: HAPPY MONDAY. Ed. by Torsten Reiter and Felix Robyns. Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin, 2014. 160 pp. with 87 col. ills. 33 x 26 cm. ISBN 9783899555530 Bilingual in German and English.
Publisher's description: "Waste Your Youth" (Verschwende deine Jugend), "Figuration Y?," and "Seccession" (Sezzession) are all titles of group shows that have featured the work of Sebastian Schrader. As a keen observer of his generation, Schrader confronts such timely topics as the preoccupation with the self and the ability to participate in society. "I'm interested in how my generation understands concepts such as freedom and happiness, how parameters of human coexistence shift." Schrader's paintings deal with individualism and the refusal of the world beyond mere rebellion. The protagonists of his images are Unknown Legends, daydreamers, Narcissists, clown figures, and anti-heroes who, as Schrader admits, "wait and persist, while the world around them hails down." A recurring motif in his paintings is the paper crown that represents the oblomovishly weak will of the person wearing it. These are "very lonesome kings who only administer a small empire consisting of their own selves." Sebastian Schrader's work radiates an intensity reminiscent of the Old Maters. In it, the drama of chiaroscuro meets content that is, at times, lacking any drama at all. A composition of forgotten objects, for example, references Vanitas still lifes without containing any moral plea.
Artist(s):Schrader, Sebastian
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany — Post-2000 — Painting
Plans: 74,54
Worldwide Number: 166008
Hardcover $60.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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