It's true the most "popular" artists of the day were the neo-expressionists
As the decade wears on, Kiefer emerges as the big winner among German neo-expressionists
MK: All the neo-expressionists
showed there, the locals as well as some Germans.
Both painters were called neo-expressionists
and saw painting as a kind of pastiche, but Schnabel seemed to herald a "rebirth," as he bought into scale, materiality, heroic rhetoric, and so on.
The bombast of Schnabel: Salle, and the neo-expressionists
paved the way for somebody like Jeff Koons, who presented himself as a genius, a maker of masterpiece--rather than as the dreary professorial type, which describes a lot of '70s artists.
But this was the '8os, and good-bye to all that--at least for the first several years of the decade, when skirmishes between exuberantly overreaching neo-expressionists
and theory-intoxicated, style-savvy deconstructionists kept the art world on the run.
I observed most of this from a certain distance, so I couldn't really tell you who, among the neo-expressionists
, turned out to be talented and who ended up as space debris.
Whatever envy we might have felt toward the oft-photographed neo-expressionists
was directed at their wardrobes, not at their art.
From the Paris Bar in Berlin to New York's Odeon, to the Anchor, he carried on, untamed - like the neo-Expressionists
he held in contempt - but these passages were performances Martin always kept in quotes.
Then I was faced with competition from the neo-Expressionists
, "wild painting," which at least had the virtue of showing me what I didn't want to do.
GB: I always rejected any connection with the expressionist or neo-expressionist