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Lothar Müller: Reflections on Reality

By Margaret Failoni

It is no secret that in spite of the different avant-gardeisms in modern and contemporary art, the figurative artist not only did not disappear into oblivion but perhaps found his securely recognized place in the art world, spewing such masters of realism as Philip Pearlstein and Balthus during the postwar abstract expressionist and minimalist period.

Lothar Müller: Reflections on Reality
Galería Intersección
Sat, Feb 6, 5-8pm
Fábrica La Aurora Art & Design Center
After Pop Art, which gave us such masters as Alex Katz, Andy Warhol, and David
Hockney, followed by the European Trans-avant-garde movement and the Americans Erik

Fischl and Mark Tansey of the California school of realism, to name but a few, it is no secret that figurative art, especially in the realm of realism, is very much here to stay.

Lothar Müller was born in Germany, immigrated to California, where he studied art, and then to Mexico where he has lived for well over 20 years. The cultures, peoples, and landscapes emulsified into a conglomerate humus are what make Müller such an interesting and iconic artist. The different everyday subjects and scenes he chooses to address as well as observe are the flux surrounding the relationship between reality and the perceived, the imagined and perceived, which sometimes overlap; focusing on one’s experience on the context of the present as well as the offerings of memory.

His is a diary of the everyday, nothing extraordinary, neighborhoods, friends, lovers, a foggy day in the European countryside not far from the family home, a sunny day in the California suburbs not far from the American home. Was he ever young? A painting from a photo seems to answer the question. In spite of the sunny atmosphere in most of the paintings, there prevails a sense of saudade, a melancholy reminiscent of the great American painters of the ’40s and ’50s, such as Hopper’s empty, silent cities. Does he not feel he belongs? Is it passing youth and the sense of wasted years and longing that bring that gentle gaze in the eyes of his subjects? Whatever the mystery, the viewer is touched when confronted with this intimate look into a man’s life. This painted diary recalls Hockney’s Los Angeles years but with less bling and more sagacity.

The Lothar Müller exhibition has been scheduled to coincide with the anniversary celebrations of the Aurora Art & Design Center as well as the seventh anniversary of the Intersección Gallery (formerly Galería Santiago Corral) and will remain open to the public through the end of March.


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