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HELENE APPEL
Shards
2016
Oil and watercolor on linen
27 1/8 x 19 1/4 in. (69 x 49 cm)

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HELENE APPEL
Loose Blue Fabric
2014 
Watercolor on burlap 
93 1/4 x 65 5/16 in. (237 x 166 cm)

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HELENE APPEL 
Spilled Water
2014 
Watercolor on linen 
32 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (83 x 54 cm)

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HELENE APPEL 
Fishing Net 
2009
Oil, acrylic on cotton
75 1/2 x 143 3/4 in. (192 x 365 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Fishing Net (detail)
2009
Oil, acrylic on cotton
75 1/2 x 143 3/4 in. (192 x 365 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Large Nylon Net 
2011
Oil and acrylic on linen
69 x 124 in. (175 x 315 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Large Nylon Net (detail)
2011
Oil and acrylic on linen
69 x 124 in. (175 x 315 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Plastic Sheet (2) 
2013
Watercolor on linen
75 x 45 1/2 in. (191 x 116 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Plastic Sheet (1) 
2013
Watercolor on linen
75 x 45 1/2 in. (191 x 116 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Puddle 
2011
Acrylic, oil and resin on linen
101 x 55 in. (257 x 140 cm)
Photographer: Dominik Friebel
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HELENE APPEL 
Puddle
2011
Acrylic, oil and resin on linen
130 x 49 in. (330 x 125 cm)
Photographer: Dominik Friebel
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HELENE APPEL 
Puddle (detail)
2011
Acrylic, oil and resin on linen
130 x 49 in. (330 x 125 cm)
Photographer: Dominik Friebel
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HELENE APPEL 
Installation view
Photographer: Dominik Friebel
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HELENE APPEL 
Rice, uncooked 
2010
Oil on linen
22 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (57 x 35 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Rice 
2011
Oil on linen
3 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (85 x 49.5 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Cleaning Rag 
2009
Oil and acrylic on canvas
24 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (61.5 x 41.5 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Towel 
2010
Watercolor and acrylic on linen
40 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (103 x 51.5 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Untitled 
2010
Oil and acrylic on linen
80 x 46 3/4 in. (203 x 119 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Folded Knitting
2012
Acrylic and watercolour on linen
15 x 10 1/2 in. (38 x 27 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Stretched Knitting 
2012
Acrylic and watercolour on linen
13 1/4 x 9 in. (34 x 23 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Blue Woollen Blanket (2) 
2013
Watercolor on hessian
105 1/2 x 52 in. (268 x 132 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Chopping Board (1) 
2010
Oil on linen
11 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (30 x 45 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Chopping Board (2) 
2010
Oil on linen
11 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (30 x 45 cm)
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HELENE APPEL 
Kellnerin 
2009
Oil on cotton
11 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (30 x 50 cm)
Artist BioDownload Bio English PDF
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Helene Appel's paintings on linen — of everyday objects such as netting, blankets, stitches and floor sweepings — explore the tension between faithful representation and the transformative possibilities in the process of painting. While a depiction of a mound of rice or a chopped leek might be intricately detailed and uncannily illusionistic, a sheet of transparent plastic is convincingly communicated in a few decisive brushstrokes.  The decorative lines of a tea towel or the coarse fabric of a blanket begin to blend, through a studied combination of both painterly media and gesture, with the weave of the raw linen below. "Helene Appel exchanges her attention and labor for the specific and individual characteristics that her painted objects reveal over the time that she exposes herself to them," writes Anna-Catharina Gebbers in the catalogue accompanying the artist's 2011 solo exhibition at the Mönchehaus Museum Goslar. "For every glance and brush stroke that she dedicates to her subject, she receives in exchange a further discovery of another of its particularities."

 

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Appel (born 1976, Karlsruhe, Germany) attended the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg and received an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions including: Kaiserringstipendium, Mönchehaus Museum Goslar, Germany (2011); Chopping Board, The Approach, London, UK (2010); Der Vorschuss, Luis Campaña, Berlin, Germany (2009). Recent group exhibitions include: A Scene of Painting Today, curated by Marco Bazzini and Davide Ferri, Centro perl’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy (2013); ÜBER DIE DINGE, Kulturstiftung Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany (2013); Object Fictions, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (2012); Lines of Thought, Parasol Unit, London, UK (2012); FORCEMEAT, Wallspace, New York, NY (2011); The Library of Babel, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, 176 Project Space, London, UK (2010); Augentäuschung, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany (2010); Beating The Bounds, Art Now, curated by Lizzie Carey-Thomas and Clarrie Wallis, Tate Britain, London (2009).  Helene Appel lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Helene Appel
September 4 - October 4, 2014
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Object Fictions
January 06 - February 11, 2012
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Artforum
"Helene Appel," by Michael Wilson
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Helene Appel"
Articles / Reviews
Artnet News
"Helene Appel Carves Up a Cliché," by Blake Gopnik
Articles / Reviews
Artsy
"Helene Appel Distills Everyday Objects—Slabs of Meat and Wrinkled Fabric—onto Sheets of Raw Linen and Burlap"
Articles / Reviews
Modern Painters
“Ins + Outs: Artist Hops"
Articles / Reviews
Artinfo
“James Cohan Now Represents Helene Appel,” by Rozalia Jovanovic
News
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Gallery Exhibition
"Washing Up"
September 24 - November 5, 2016
Bologna, Italy
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Gallery Exhibition
Group Exhibition
June 12 - July 31, 2015
Munich, Germany
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Gallery Exhibition
Two-Person Exhibition
Nov 23, 2013 - Jan 11, 2014
Bologna, Italy
Books
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Helene Appel