|The first and most simple step
in the selection procedure was the submission of a portfolio. In
those days all the German modern Artists of choice were abstract
for sure. I submitted photorealistic drawings. My portfolio was rejected
and on my request I was told mutatis mutandis that photorealistic
figurine interpretations in the outgoing 20th century regrettably
were absolutely passé and
that the university didn't have to make up for the failures of my
So I became only a painter, not an artist, but to paint is a thing
I simply have to do.
In my “post Richter / Baselitz generation” Neo
Rauch is the most significant artist for sure. I think, we have
the same opinion but not the same way.