When Dusk Dawns: Architectural Exteriors by Stefan Kürten

NEW YORK—Stefan Kürten has rendered a series of enviable architectural spaces. His large and small paintings, though devoid of people, evoke distinct character and the layers of living. While the Dusseldorf, Germany-based artist depicts a range of architectural styles, the clean lines of mid-century design stand out among the structures sited in urban, suburban and rural areas.

The moody studies are on view at “Here Comes the Night,” a solo show of new paintings by Kürten that officially opens today at Alexander and Bonin Gallery.

According to the gallery, that artist states the following about the collection: “In all of the new work there is a very special light that seems to create a night scene…even if it’s daytime. The time of day in which the scene is set seems to be fluctuating. There is a mysterious glow that illuminates the motifs. I found Here comes the night very suitable, because it sounds poetic and foretelling, but also leaves enough room for fantasy and interpretation. I like the ambiguity of its promise.”

“Here Comes the Night” is on view from Sept. 8 to Oct. 13, 2012.

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The exhibit is on two floors and includes large and small works. Top of page, “Sitting in a dream,” 2012 (acrylic and ink on linen).

At left, Blind,” 2012 (acrylic and ink on primed cardboard).

“Rock Desert,” 2012 (acrylic and ink on primed cardboard).

“Trains and Boats and Planes,” 2008 (oil and pigmented gesso on canvas).

Detail of “Trains and Boats and Planes,” which makes reference to an Alexander Calder mobile.

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