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"The End of History: Paintings by Peter Illig"
2001-08-10 until 2001-08-26
Pirate: a Contemporary Art Oasis
Denver, CO, USA United States of America

Peter Illig's latest oil paintings will be presented at Pirate: a Contemporary Art Oasis. Illig, best known for his large oil paintings of layered images, refers to art history, the media, and cyberspace to comment on the artist's role at the beginning of the new millennium.

The title The End of History refers to the present state of the visual arts: pluralism, absolute freedom, and the lure of the past. A quote from the Peter Illig's statement: ... The art world is freer and more pluralistic than ever. Anything goes. We are free of the manifestoes (My art is 'purer' than your art) and dominant European styles of the past hundred years. Art History is also at an end, when art history is understood as the steady progress to new ways of making art. Now we know that no method of making art is better than another. This philosophy of art is finally understood.

Does this world feel any different? That's what my paintings ask. Ultimately, the end of history is a good thing, a carnival atmosphere -- a place where an artist can be anything he or she wants to be ...

IMAGE
Peter Illig
Passage
oil on canvas
40 x 60


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