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Roger Herman – April 15, 2015

Posted on April 14, 2015 by School of Art

abstract painting in blue and magenta.When Roger Herman was an art student, his teacher Gerd van Dulmen offered him a backhanded compliment: “You have absolutely no imagination, which makes you a good painter. It makes you struggle more.” A native of Saar- brucken, Germany, Herman studied law before attending art school in the early ’70s in Karlsruhe, where Georg Baselitz and Markus Lupertz were teaching. “It was a milieu of this kind of intense painting,” he recalls, a reaction against the conceptual art being produced in Dusseldorf. Herman moved to Los Angeles in 1977, and by 1986 he was making monumental paintings of mountains, nudes, and buildings, as well as wood-block prints. Around that time, he was offered a position in the art department of UCLA, where he continues to teach and explore a broad range of styles. “It is about painting, not about subject matter. I don’t have a narrative,” Herman says of his work. “The subject is always painting, which is why there is a repetition always— like Morandi. I’m trying to go somewhere I’m not comfortable.” The lecture will be in UT-108 at 5:00pm.


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