Rainer Fetting
Drag (Ilko), 2016
Acrylic on canvas
47.24 x 62.99 inches
120 x 160 cm
(Inv# AB11453)

Born December 31, 1949 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, Rainer Fetting studied at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.  Together with Helmut Middendorf, Salomé, and Bernd Zimmer, Fetting founded a gallery and performance space at Moritzplatz that became an epicenter of the Berlin’s musical and visual counterculture in the 1970s. Fetting has participated in numerous influential exhibitions, including a new spirit in painting at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, (1981),  Zeitgeist at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, (1982), Von hier aus – Zwei Monate deutsche Kunst in Düsseldorf at Messehallen Düsseldorf (1984), An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture at the MoMA, New York, (1988), Refigured Painting – The German Image 1960–1988 at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, (1989) and Portrait Now at the National Portrait Gallery, London, (1993). Recent highlights are Painting Forever! Keilrahmen at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013) and permanent exhibition Sammlung Marx at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (2016). In 2011, the museum Berlinische Galerie honored the artist with an extensive solo exhibition.  His work is included in the collections of the Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris; the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for ContemporaryArt, Berlin; and The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles among many others. 

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September 7 - October 7, 2017
albertz benda, New York
Desmond Cadogan Will Always Find a Way
Ubikwist #4
80s Berlin, wild youth and their 'bad art'
The Economist
August 18, 2015
Frankfurt’s Städel Revisits 1980s Figurative Painting in West Germany
July 22, 2015
i’ll paint manhattan: Rainer Fetting
September 1991