The Leipzig school of painting
Leipzig has become the centre of a new artistic school whose canvases are sought after by American collectors.
Self propelling phenomenal and true nest of talent, the New Leipzig School has reached great heights on the art market. For over a decade, painters in this ex-GDR town have had a dazzling success, new darlings of New York galleries that fight over them. This international infatuation was started by the politico-cultural situation of re-unified Germany, where the young generations were eager to express their sensitivity.
It was this ambiance that transpired in the paintings of the Leipzig School, as well as a certain urban nihilist spirit that can be found in the tags on the Berlin wall. Former highly esteemed centre of hagiographic painting of social realism, the New Leipzig School willingly renewed itself with a new East-German working class imagery.
It was Neo Rauch who was first to open the breach in the middle of the 1990s with his large format works that display characters from the old GDR carrying out improbable acts. In the neo-pop vein, numerous Plasticiens from Leipzig use it on a daily basis and on air, via images from the press or on television. In any case it's less a style and more of a geographical origin and a speculative enthusiasm that makes up the common denominator of these young painters.