In Leipzig-based painter Rosa Loy’s phantasmagoric compositions, the industrious, rosy-cheeked women of socialist realism are recast in Kafkaesque mise-en-scènes, in which they farm human-faced heads of lettuce, feed lollipops to Harpies wearing headbands, and recline on couches in poses of analysands more than odalisques.Read More
Propaganda and art are often thought of as opposites: The former rehashing cliches to serve the powers that be, and the latter inspiring individuals to believe they are in the presence of something special — a unique human expression, unlike anything else in the world.Read More
The women in Rosa Loy’s dreamlike figurative paintings have always been engaged in something significant: just don’t ask the artist what it all means. In a new show at Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, the member of the so-called New Leipzig School is happy for her paintings to lead to a little confusion. Words by Katya TylevichRead More
Yuval Sharon, founder and director of LA’s The Industry, Broad collection artist Neo Rauch and painter Rosa Loy will discuss their production of Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” at the 2018 Bayreuth Festival, which – according to The New York Times – “made Wagner a feminist.”Read More
AYREUTH, Germany — In the 142 years since Richard Wagner made front-page news in New York with the first Bayreuth Festival, Americans have sung here, conducted here, made countless pilgrimages up a little green hill to sit, sweltering, in the temple that the composer built to his own art. But until now, no American had been entrusted with a production.Read More
This summer, some of Germany’s most noted artists are lending their talents to two high-profile productions at prestigious music festivals. In late June, Georg Baselitz furnished somber and mournful sets for Pierre Audi’s production of “Parsifal” at the Munich Opera Festival. Meanwhile, in Bayreuth, the husband-and-wife artist duo, Neo Rauch and Rosa Loy, are working on the new “Lohengrin” overseen by the American director Yuval Sharon, which is set to open the annual Wagner Festival on July 25.Read More
Rosa Loy was one of the few female members of post-reunification Germany's New Leipzig School, but her paintings are 100 percent woman. We talked to the artist about working with history, what it's like to be part of a "movement," and why she only paints the feminine.Read More
There’s something you can’t quite put your finger on in German artistRosa Loy’s large format compositions of enigmatic female subjects. Like most artists associated with the New Leipzig School—including her husband Neo Rauch—Loy produces figurative works executed with an acute emphasis on technique. Her dedication to highly technical figuration aside, Loy’s works are nothing short of mystifying.Read More
Rosa Loy Die Andere
February 2 - March 26, 2016
Rosa Loy and Neo Rauch appear to move in a not dissimilar cosmos of imagery and painterly intentions. The difficulty of a coherent interpretation is characteristic of both artistic work. The joining of various content, oddly realistic elements on the part of a fragmented at the same time, but also narratively structured by image inventory is perhaps paradoxically designate as highly calculated Surrealism.Read More
Empire of the Senseless
February 2015 through April 2015
In “Empire of the Senseless” the world is populated by new age humanoids, and punctuated by random violence; punky kids are terrorists, secret agencies viciously plot, and ethnic groups
are displaced. When reading American author Kathy Acker’s 1988 apocalyptic novel, some plots don’t seem like fiction anymore.
As with the anesthetized emotions of Acker’s new age humanoids, it seems that emotions of individuals in 2014 have equally fallen silent.
Our exposure to an endless stream of violent news has made us equally resilient to emotion.Prone to processing the world mechanically, the individual today becomes submerged in the mass. In his influential book “The Revolt of the Masses” by Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset, written in 1929, he describes the phenomena of the mass: “To be different is to be indecent. The mass crushes beneath it everything that is different, everything that is excellent, individual, qualified and select. Anybody who is not like everybody, who does not think like everybody, runs the risk of being eliminated.” These words find expression in our society close to a century later.
In the exhibition “Empire of the Senseless”, Friedman Benda invites five painters, all of them women, to react to the world around us and to show us their reaction to the world we live in.The works that we will compile will illustrate each artists’ quest for conceptual and empriric realitiy amidst their own unique exploration of identitiy through art.
Rosa Loy at Ornis A. Gallery
September 6 - October 11, 2014
The Valkyrie landed at André Schlechtriem Gallery on a recent Saturday evening to bear a new star, Rosa Loy, into the firmament: Rachel Feinstein, riding her hot new show at Boesky; Lisa Yuskavage, who penned Rosa’s catalogue essay; Pattie Cronin, just awarded a Tiffany grant; Jane Kaplowitz, who hosted the after-party; and Deborah Kass, gleefully clutching a photo of her iconic creation Double Yentl, autographed that afternoon by both Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at a Sheraton Hotel fundraiser in midtown.Read More
Rosa Loy seems to be one of the few hot young Leipzig painters who is not a man -- a pleasant change of pace -- and the canvases in her first solo show in New York exude an easy command. Still, they bear an undue resemblance to those of the best-known artist of the Leipzig group, Neo Rauch, who happens to be her husband and studiomate. The similarities include stylized quasi-illustrational figures, retro fashions, disorienting settings and rich, complementary color schemes.Read More