Serge Strosberg The Expressionist Of Fashion 2011

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Serge Strosberg werd geboren in Antwerpen en studeerde met onderscheiding af aan de “Académie Julian” in Parijs. Niettegenstaande hij in belangrijke mate een schilder is studeerde hij ook fotografie bij Peter Knapp (Art Director bij Elle en Vogue) en werd hij voortdurend gefascineerd door de wereld van de mode.
Vandaag woont en werkt hij in SoHo (New York) en is hij omringd door de mode-etalages, lichtreflecties, muziek, trillingen, drukte van het verkeer, politiesirenes, enz… Ze zijn de basisingrediënten voor zijn inspiratie.
Vier verdiepingen en grote ramen scheiden zijn atelier van deze wereld van massaconsumptie en glamour. Schoonheid en verval gaan hand in hand, want op het eind van de dag staat de linkse kant van de straat volgestouwd met de afval uit de winkels en van de consumenten. SoHo is prachtig maar beangstigend tegelijk. De hele buurt is een groot raam dat de dromen en nachtmerries van de mensen weerspiegelt. Waar eindigt de werkelijkheid en begint de fantasie ? Wat zijn de waarden van onze moderne maatschappij ? Sommige haute-couture merken zijn zo belangrijk geworden dat ze een prominente plaats in ons cultureel bestel verworven hebben.
Dit is de wereld die Strosberg schildert. Ontdaan van romantiek, maar niet van verbeelding. Hij omringt ze met attributen uit hun omgeving die de metaforen worden uit hun glitterbestaan. Hij schildert de jonge modellen achter de vensters van de modewinkels en de weerspiegeling van de ramen trekt de wazige lijn tussen droom en realiteit, hun leven en ons leven. Wat zijn de grenzen tussen het leven dat we willen hebben, denken te hebben en effectief hebben. We worden gedwongen een blik te werpen in deze artificiële wereld van materieel geluk, en die blik geeft ons een beetje een ongemakkelijk gevoel. Schoonheid die zijn subtiliteit verliest door zijn uitbundige overvloed : het theater van de werkelijkheid is een onrealistisch verhaal wanneer je het in woorden beschrijft maar een aantrekkingspool voor wie het, zoals Strosberg, haarscherp in beelden kan uitdrukken.
Het levendige werk van Serge Strosberg gaat over het hedendaags materialisme, narcisme, voyeurisme, imitatie en uniformiteit. In tegenstelling tot de modefotografen - een wereld die hij goed kent - die met airbrush en make-up schilderen om hun modellen te objectiveren; of de ontwerpers die alleen geïnteresseerd zijn in de jurken die de modellen dragen, geeft hij precies die modellen een uitdrukking. Hij verraad de wereld waaruit ze komen door hun blik, hun houding, eerder dan hun kleren die de wereld verraadt waarin ze zijn terecht gekomen.
Naast de reeks werken in olie en gemengde techniek worden een reeks aquarellen (in Chinese waterverf en Indische inkt) getoond. Allemaal mensen, zonder achtergrond of beïnvloedende parameters. Enkel hun kledij laat ons raden naar wie ze zijn, en waarom ze voor het schildersdoek poseerden.
Strosberg heeft tevens een B.A. in Scheikunde, heeft een bestseller geschreven met het geïllustreerde kinderboek “In the Dragon Kingdom” waarin hij de evolutieleer van Darwin aan kinderen uitlegt. Hij is de zoon van Eliane Strosberg (auteur van “Art and Science” – Abbeville Press) en A.D. Strosberg, een van de onderzoekers die in 1995 het gen ontdekte dat verantwoordelijk is voor obesitas bij mensen.

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Serge Strosberg The Expressionist Of Fashion 2011

  1. 1. GALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT CONTEMPORARY ART museumstraat 29 2000 AntwerpenSerge STROSBERGThe Expressionist of Fashion 2011
  2. 2. Edited by VISION ON ART Sint-Niklaas ©2011 VISION ON ART D/2011/12.184/15ISBN 978 94 913 1405 6
  3. 3. Serge STROSBERG (1966) The Expressionist of Fashion“Living in the heart of SoHo, I am surrounded by fashion storefronts, light, reflections,music, vibrations, marching crowds, police sirens…This constant flow of energy givesme the nspiration to paint.” says Strosberg.There are 4 floors and large windows separating his studio from this world of massconsumption and glamour. At the end of the day, all that is left on the streets is trashfrom the retail stores or consumers. SoHo is beautiful and frightening at the sametime. Is this neighborhood a vast storefront window reflecting’s people’s dreams ornightmares ? Is it fantasy or reality? What have modern values become? Some haute-couture marks have become so culturally significant that they have acquired asecondary meaning beyond their branding function.Serge Strosberg was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and graduated with honors from theAcademie Julian in Paris, France. Although being mainly a painter, he took photographyclasses with Peter Knapp, art director for Elle and Vogue, and was always immersed inthe world of fashion.Professional models are recruited at a very young age by agencies and their life is farfrom glamorous. They are usually not chosen for their personality but for their looks.Many of these young women and men project an impression of narcissism which goesin pair with the voyeurism of modern society (more so male society). They are prey forfashion photographers, consumers who see them in magazines or on posters insidethe stores, TV reality show audiences. Their masks hide a much deeper personalitythat is as complex as other human being’s lifes. Influenced both by Germanexpressionism and American realism, Strosberg paints the models or mannequins,behind the windows of fashion storefronts using reflections as a metaphor for oursociety’s values.
  4. 4. His vibrant work deals with contemporary materialism, entitlement, narcissism, voyeurism,imitation and uniformity. Unlike fashion photographers who airbrush and work with make upartists to objectify models, or designers who are only interested in the dresses worn, he givesexpressions to models from the fashion world on canvas….through painting.Mr. Strosberg describes himself as “the Expressionist of Fashion.” He has had many soloexhibitions, including the Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton FL; Alliance Francaise Gallery,Miami, FL; Ludwig Trossaert Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium; and the Philippe Fregnac Gallery,Paris, France. He also has shown his work at the New Century Artists, New York, NY;Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China; Orangerie of the France Senate, Paris; and theJewish Museum, Brussels, Belgium. He has received numerous awards, including a SoHoArtist Certification granted by New York City and the Allocation for Life of a landmark artist’sstudio, Paris.Selected solo exhibitions2011 Galerie Ludwig Trossaert, introduced by Ernest Van Buynder, president of the “Friendsof the MuHKA – Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp”, Belgium2011 Brenart International - Brussels2011 Berkeley college, New York2009 Les Demoiselles de New York, curated by Stacy Engman, from the National Arts Club, at URI Enterprises LLC, New York2009 Of Men and Flowers, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Palm Beach2009 Ritz-Carlton spa club, Jupiter, Florida2007 Alliance Francaise Gallery, Miami, Florida2007 Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida2006 Community: Identity, Lighthouse Center for the Arts, Jupiter, Florida2006 ArtSenat, Paris2005 Espace Saint-Honore, sponsored by Galerie Cazeau-La Béraudiere, Paris2001 Galerie Philippe Frégnac, Paris2001 City Hall of the 1rst Arrondissement, Paris2000 Espace Rabin, Brussels
  5. 5. Selected group exhibitions2011Transformations, New Century Artists, New York"Awakenings" at New Century Artists, NYAway From the Horde, group show at the Miami Dade Public LibraryThe Artist Project NY, pier 92, New YorkVerge Art Brooklyn Fair, New YorkLA Art show with Rosenberg Fine Art, Los AngelesAuction exhibition at Pierre Berge & associates, Brussels“De Veronese a Matisse”, Musee de Pontoise, France2010Galerie Xavier Nicolas, ParisArt residency and show at the Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum, China“The Art of Giving”, auction at Christies, New YorkA2zart Showroom, Paris“Looks Good on paper”, DFN Gallery, New York2009“SoHo Mews” showhouse with celebrity designer Thom Filicia, New YorkSurfari, Lighthouse center for the Arts Museum, Jupiter, FloridaRecent acquisitions, Joods Historisch Museum, AmsterdamThe Body, curated by Tzili Charney, 14th st Y, New YorkPalm beach 3 contemporary Art Fair, West Palm Beach, Florida2008Miami Art Basel at the Setai hotel, presented by Kiptonart and Asprey JewelryDie Verbogene Spur- Jewish Paths to Modernity(Including works by Lucian Freud, Mark Rothko, Larry Rivers, Richard Serra, etc...),Felix Nussbaum Museum, Osnabruck, GermanyAuction exhibition (Nadine Nieszawer collection) at Artcurial, ParisArtistes et Médecins, École de Médecine, ParisKips Bay Showhouse, Manhattan House, New YorkHumanisme et Expressionisme, Musée de Pontoise, France(Including works by Soutine, Modigliani, Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein, Lucian Freud,Ron Kitaj, Philip Guston, Balthus),2006Salon Comparaison, Grand Palais, ParisBible Museum, Amsterdam2005 Salon d’Automne, ParisOne object: 2 cultures, Jewish Museum, BrusselsAffordable Art Fair, London
  6. 6. Serge STROSBERG 01 - 2484 SoHo 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 50 x 65 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  7. 7. Serge STROSBERG 02 - 2635 Incomplete 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 127 x 81 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  8. 8. Serge STROSBERG 03 - 2485 Acid Rain (Portrait of Anna) 2010 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 71 x 53 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  9. 9. Serge STROSBERG 04 - 2623 Greed 2007 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 82 x 127 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  10. 10. Serge STROSBERG 05 - 2489 No hard feelings 2010 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 132 x 104 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  11. 11. Serge STROSBERG 06 - 2700 The Afterparty 2010 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 175 x 112 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  12. 12. Serge STROSBERG 07 - 2629 Lady Liberty 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 73,5 x 127 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  13. 13. Serge STROSBERG 08 - 2622 In Vivo in Vitro I 2010 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 165 x 150 cm Signed on the back With Certificate (Included in the brochure of the Prix Galien – USA 2010 Handed during a ceremony to Bill Clinton e.o. at the Musemum of National History Manhatten)GALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  14. 14. Serge STROSBERG 09 - 2701 In Vivo in Vitro II 2010 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 165 x 150 cm Signed on the back With Certificate (Included in the brochure of the Prix Galien – USA 2010 Handed during a ceremony to Bill Clinton e.o. at the Musemum of National History Manhatten)GALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  15. 15. Serge STROSBERG 10 - 2486 In Vivo in Vitro III 2010 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 62,5 x 84 cm Signed on the back With Certificate (Included in the brochure of the Prix Galien – USA 2010 Handed during a ceremony to Bill Clinton e.o. at the Musemum of National History Manhatten)GALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  16. 16. Serge STROSBERG 11 - 2491 Bad timing 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 89 x 123 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  17. 17. Serge STROSBERG 12 - 2490 I can see SoHo from my window 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 114 x 152,5 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  18. 18. Serge STROSBERG 13 - 2488 Shattered 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 61 x 81 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  19. 19. Serge STROSBERG 14 - 2487 Voyeur 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 76 x 91 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  20. 20. Serge STROSBERG 15 - 2624 Queen of the Jungle 2010 Oil and egg tempera, copper, silver on canvas 180 x 120 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  21. 21. Serge STROSBERG 16 - 2621 The Muse 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 134,5 x 117 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  22. 22. Serge STROSBERG 17 - 2631 Reflection on blue door 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 167 x 118 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  23. 23. Serge STROSBERG 18 - 2630 The photographer and the muse 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 96,5 x 122 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  24. 24. Serge STROSBERG 19 - 2492 The night is young 2011 Oil and egg tempera on canvas 50 x 65 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  25. 25. Serge STROSBERG 20 - 2628 Miracle on Broadway 2628 Oil and egg tempera, copper, silver on canvas 4 x (94 x 43 cm) Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  26. 26. Serge STROSBERG 21 - 2625 Emily 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  27. 27. Serge STROSBERG 22 - 2626 Fay 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  28. 28. Serge STROSBERG 23 - 2627 Ludmila 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the back With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  29. 29. Serge STROSBERG 24 - 2495 Julia in Wonderland 2010 India ink on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  30. 30. Serge STROSBERG 25 - 2494 Official Hank 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  31. 31. Serge STROSBERG 26 - 2636 Wall Street 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28,5 x 35 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  32. 32. Serge STROSBERG 27 - 2620 China Girl II 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  33. 33. Serge STROSBERG 28 - 2632 China Girl I 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  34. 34. Serge STROSBERG 29 - 2633 Daria I 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  35. 35. Serge STROSBERG 30 - 2634 Daria II 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  36. 36. Serge STROSBERG 31 - 2698 Tatyana 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 25,5 x 30,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  37. 37. Serge STROSBERG 32 - 2699 Ashley 2011 Chinese color (opaque watercolor) on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  38. 38. Serge STROSBERG 33 - 2493 Charlotte seated 2010 India ink on paper 28 x 35,5 cm Signed on the front With CertificateGALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT The Expressionist of Fashion
  39. 39. Credits Photography Christian Baraja 2620, 2632, 2633, 2634 Brown Cathell 2484, 2485, 2486, 2487, 2488, 2489, 2490, 2491, 2492, 2493, 2494, 2495 Bonnie Morrisson 2700 Adam Reich2621, 2622, 2623, 2624, 2625, 2626, 2627, 2628, 2629, 2630, 2631, 2698, 2699 Serge Strosberg 2635 Alan Barry Photo of Serge Strosberg
  40. 40. Uitgegeven in opdracht van Elektronische Uitgave Verantwoordelijke uitgever:GALERIE LUDWIG TROSSAERT © Eerste druk 2011 VISION ON ART b.v.b.a. b.v.b.a.CONTEMPORARY ART D/2011/12.184/15 Prins Boudewijnlaan 4 | B-9100 SINT-NIKLAAS B-museumstraat 29 | B-2000 ANTWERPEN ISBN 978 94 913 1405 6 B.T.W. 0877.167.931www.galeries.nl/galerie.asp?galnr=3093 De teksten en fotos uit deze uitgave zijngalerie.ludwig.trossaert@visiononart.be ©2011 Fotografie auteursrechterlijk beschermd.Tel.: 0032 3 275 25 52 Zie pagina “Credits” Niets uit deze uitgave mag worden overgenomenMobile: 0032 475 955 339 zonder schriftelijke toestemming van zowel deOPEN : woensdag t.e.m zaterdag van 14 tot 18 uur kunstenaar, de fotograaf als de galerie.

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