A Big Thank-You

A Big Thank-You

2015 // Dr. phil.hc. Ralph Giordano

Dear Ms. Alvarez,A very big thank-you for your wonderful birthday present, "Übergangsbereiche". It´s a book I just cannot put down. A testament to a great artist. No matter which painting I look at - "Nadeshda", "Leichte Beute", "Blinder" - my gaze is caught; I find myself obsessively searching. One can long ponder on every picture, always discovering something new, trying to make connections.You have given me something of great pleasure on which to reflect - and aroused my...

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Transitional areas

2012 // Gerhard Habarta

The art of the moment, of the immediate, is dominated by a great tendency to verbosity. Every documenta and biennale is packed with speech bubbles so as to conceal the lack of pleasure in art. Not only pleasure, but fear, longings, memories, injuries and damage caused by co-existence with other humans, a co-existence that can be sublimated through art. None of that has any value in instant art. ‘Life’ is replaced by political tirades, in the same way that action and reaction to...

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Freedom embraces colour

2003 // by Prof. Dr. Horst Linker

Katrin is a self-taught artist. Or were her teachers her experiences in life? The current art scene is teeming with autodidacts. But Katrin is refreshingly different from most of them, because she can really draw and paint. She knows how to use colour, shape, structure and materials. With her skills, she carries on this craft in all its artistry, never getting lost in trivia. She has the talent, and she puts it to good use.   Or is it, perhaps, more a case of her painting stemming from...

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The Art Of Katrin Alvarez

2011 // by Hans-Thomas Gosciniak

"The paintings of K.A.S. beyond any doubt,  express the art and workmanship of a great artist who masters various and strange materials, amalgamating them into new expressions of colours, surfaces, textures and shapes. At a first glace raising, then followed by admiration on a closer look her paintings suddenly startle, vex and challenge the viewer.  They convey a feeling of awe and fear, touching uncertain but palpable spots deep inside.  The trained mind might struggle ...

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Beyond pretty pictures

2010 // by Robert Berry

"Good questions Katrin.  This surely is a topic of interest for me, since I find Greenberg's "Avant-Gardde and Kitsch" one of the best essays written in the last 100 years.  Greenberg separated creative processes into art and kitsch, which I agree with, but I would separate creative endeavors as art and craft.  Art is the "fine art" end of the spectrum.  Great concepts and ideas brought forth in through visual or literary aesthetics.  "Art" needs thought being it, but...

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Mesmerizing aesthetics

2010 // by Abraham Lubelski

"I hope that in the future we will indeed work together again, we are all very much fans of your work. You have managed to develop a cohesive body of work that is constantly pursuing the human figure in a number of different methods- you consistently explore the same aspects of the human condition. Through your themes and visual motifs of flora and fauna, dolls, and children along with the aesthetic techniques often exercised, including an atmospheric haze, surreal proportions, nonsensical...

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Katrin Alvarez – To confront one´s inner demons and to banish them

2010 // by Maureen Flynn

"Like Marlene Dumas, an older artist with whom she shares certain qualities in common, the German painter Katrin Alvarez depicts aspects of human and social relationships through figures that often take on a doll-like quality, in her exhibition at Agora Gallery, 53D West 25th Street, from June 3 through 24. (Reception Thursday, June 5, 6 to 8pm.)Many of the people that Alvarez paints seem to be somnambulists cut off somewhat self-protectively from their own benumbed emotions, as they traverse...

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