Selected works by Michael Bauer

Michael Bauer
Pol 1 (Smart Estrus)

2005

Oil on canvas

140 x 120 cm

Reminiscent of the bizarre anthropomorphic portraits of 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Michael Bauer’s work creates figurative composites from abstraction and design. In Pol 1 (Smart Estrus), a male profile appears as a grotesque and distorted conglomeration of doodled elements. Grey and muddy forms entangle as abject viscera: lumpy scar tissue, withering penises, and slithery dead matter converge as psychological landscape, and forlorn memento mori. Framed by a decorative vignette, Bauer balances the obscene with the precious, creating a fragile seduction within his barbarous image. Subtitled Smart Estrus, Bauer’s painting suggests lurid plots of patriarchal power and noble lineage.

Michael Bauer
Pol 4 (Senor Mousse)

2005

Oil on canvas

140 x 120 cm

Michael Bauer offers deformity as a platform for unequivocal beauty. In Pol 4 (Senor Mousse), Bauer uses the qualities of abstract painting as a deviation of representational portraiture, allowing the media to replicate the characteristics of physical matter. Traces of recognisable features, such as eyes and hands give uneasy relation to celiac smears, scabby encrustations, and fluid brush marks, each rendered with a pristine delicacy. Offset by harlequin ornamentation and elegant touches of primavera colour, Bauer’s reductive palette creates an antiquarian reverence, setting his absurd conception as an icon of protracted contemplation.

Michael Bauer
L.O.R.D.S. 4000

2006

Oil on canvas

190 x 210 cm
Michael Bauer
L.O.R.D.S. 3000

2006

Oil on canvas

190 x 210 cm
Michael Bauer
Dixie Supreme

2005

Oil on canvas

150 x 130 cm
Michael Bauer
Bad Harvest

2008

Oil on canvas

160 x 130 cm
Michael Bauer
Freund 2 - English

2008

Oil on canvas

60 x 50 cms
Michael Bauer
Freund 1 - Deutsch

2008

Oil on canvas

60 x 50 cms






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Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Tom Anholt    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Sara Barker    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Sarah Braman    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Peter Linde Busk    Carter    Nathan Cash Davidson    Alida Cervantes    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Inez de Coo    Nicholas Dedics    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Colden Drystone    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    David Ellis    Theo Ellison    Annabel Emson    Ayan Farah    Maria Farrar    Dee Ferris    Daphne Fitzpatrick    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    No√©mie Goudal    Elias Hansen    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    Valerie Hegarty    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Richard H√∂glund    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Tom Howse    Shara Hughes    David Humphrey    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Jacob Dahl J√ľrgensen    Tillman Kaiser    Bernadette Kerrigan    Scott King    Terence Koh    Alice K√∂nitz    John K√łrner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    George Henry Longly    Juliette Losq    Lake & Evans    Jill Mason    Simon Mathers    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Martin McMurray    Ryan McNamara    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Aleksandra Mir    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Luisa Mota    Carlos Noronha Feio    Nick Nowicki    William J. O'Brien    Matt O'dell    Mona Osman    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Dustin Pevey    Marius Pfannenstiel    Benedetto Pietromarchi    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Jessica Sanders    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Lara Schnitger    Maaike Schoorel    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Macrae Semans    Jamie Shovlin    Daniel Silver    Isobel Smith    Agathe Snow    Anne Speier    Jeni Spota    Roman Stanczak    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Shaan Syed    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Francis Upritchard    Marianne Vitale    Caroline Walker    John Wallbank    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Alexi Williams Wynn    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers    Joel Wyllie    Haeri Yoo

Michael Bauer's Biography

Born in 1973, Erkelenz, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
K-Hole, Villa Merkel, Essling, Germany
Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York
Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin

2010
Euro Savage, with Charlie Hammond, Linn Luhn, Cologne
Golden Gong, with Stefanie Popp, Marquis Dance Hall, Istanbul

2009
Anthem, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel
Legion Picknick, HOTEL, London
Michael Bauer/Stephanie Popp, Artleib, D√ľsseldorf

2007
French Meat, Belgian Meat, Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
Basho's Friends, Jack Hanley, San Francisco
Basho's Bar, Kunstverein Bonn, Bonn
The Pack, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst

2006
The Winnipeg Whore, HOTEL, London
Oldithek f√ľr Assos Gold, maxim, Cologne

2005
DAS KABINETT, Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne

2004
Die Tone Meiner Flote, Galerie Hammelehle Und Ahrens Cologne


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Rearrange Your Face, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow

2010
Die Nase des Michelangelo, Marktgasse House , Zurich
PPP-Public Private Paintings, curated by Phillip van den Bossche, Mu.ZEE, Ostend, Belgium
Rive Gauche, Rive Droite, Paris with David Noonan, Steve Clayden, Marc Jancou, Paris
Ademeit, a film by Michael Bauer and Marcus Werner Hed, screened at White Columns, New York

2009
Die Andere Seite, Kai10, D√ľsseldorf
Featuring II, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris
When The mood strikes, Museum DD, Deurle
Shapeshifter, Aicon Gallery, London

2008
Summer Show, Schloss Bartenstein, Germany
7 Types of Ambiguity, Store Gallery, London
Yilmaz House Band in Concert, Montgomery, Berlin
5000 Jahre Moderne Kunst, Painting, Smoking Eating, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
Germania, Saatchi Gallery, London

2007
Ballet Mecanique curated by Emma Dexter, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
Bonjour Monsieur Ensor, Gm√ľr, Berlin
Prague Biennale 3, cur. Helena Kontova, Giancarlo Politi, Prague
Radiant City, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Faster, Bigger, Better!, ZKM Karlsruhe curated by Gregor Jansen,Andreas F., Anne Daeuper, Yvonne Ziegler
Anne Daeuper, Yvonne Ziegler
Die anderen Bilder - Outsider und Verwandte aus der Sammlung Hartmut
Neumann, Galerie M√ľnsterland, Emsdetten / Kloser Bentlage, Rheine, Flottmann-Hallen, Herne
Gallery Swap HOTEL/ Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
Duet, Lehmann Maupin, New York, curated by Sylvia Chivaratanod
Accidental Painting, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York

2006
Wir sind hier wegen der Pommes aus Holland oder Kunstwille aus Holland, Möma, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Die anderen Bilder: Outsider und Verwandtes aus der Sammlung, Neumann Museum der Stadt, Ratingen
Michael Bauer and Steffie Popp, Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam
Figure-Five Position, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich

2005
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (with Lutz Braun, Jan Koch, Susa Reinhardt, Stefan Rinck, Astrid Sourkova)

2004
Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles (with Stef Driesen und Chris Brodahl) Screamers, Brotherslasher, Cologne
Whiteboy, Autocenter Berlin (with Tim Berresheim und Stefanie Popp) Ganz oben, Brotherslasher, Cologne

2003
Keiner ist besser oder eventuell besser, Brotherslasher, Cologne

2002
Das Leben ist ein Albtraum.., Galerie Nomadenoase Hamburg (with Tim Berresheim)
Brotherslasher, with Tim Berresheim und Jonathan Meese, Brotherslasher Cologne

2001
When we were kings, Kunstverein Heinsberg (with Andreas Gehlen, Daniel Janik and Jo Dickreiter) SUPERSCHLOSS, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (G, Cat.)

2000
Make my paper sound ‚Äď Klasse Walther Dahn, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig

1999
Junger Westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (cat.)
Exhibitions at Brotherslasher, Cologne (Directors Michael Bauer and Tim Berresheim)