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5 Must See Contemporary Art Shows This Fall

By Anni Irish

Rounding out the contemporary art shows, painter Virginia Wagner debuted her solo exhibition at the Kate Oh Gallery last week. The show titled Metropolis explores 1920’s German film in an almost post-apocalyptic world. Wagner’s lush canvases pit dire, utilitarian structures against desolate industrial backdrops. The imagery is powerful and draws on Wagner’s background in literature.

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Virginia Wagner’s ‘Metropolis’ to Open at Kate Oh Gallery


On the heels of the inaugural group exhibition, all in One, at Kate Oh Gallery, the artist Virginia Wagner is set to open a solo exhibit on November 9th.

Entitled Metropolis, Wagner’s new work will explore “cityscapes in tension between human development and natural world,” with reference to the 1920s German silent film by the same name, directed by Fritz Lang and written by his wife Thea Von Harbor.  “Wagner has a unique perspective from which to observe the psychological and physical effects of our quickly changing planet.” “Wagner began these paintings working in an art collective in an industrial area of Berlin. The work is informed by German painting, from Romanticism to Neo-Expressionism and the Leipzig School.  The artist was also influenced by the raw, creative spaces of Berlin, a city that is redefining and rebuilding itself as a place of inclusion after many dark chapters in its history.”  The nine paintings that make up the exhibition, Metropolis, looks to an unstable future but is grounded in the now.

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