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Tim Eitel

Center of Gravity

About Tim Eitel

Tim Eitel (b. 1971, Leonburg, Germany) conveys a deep command of color, technique, and form in his figurative paintings inspired by his observations of contemporary life and art history. He studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig from 1997 to 2001 and was a Meisterschüler (Master Student) of Professor Arno Rink from 2001 through 2003. He has received a number of prestigious awards throughout his career, including the Landesgraduiertenstipendium, Saxonia, Germany (2002) and the Marion Ermer Preis (2003). Cofounder of the collective Galerie LIGA in Berlin, he was one of the leading protagonists of the New Leipzig School before gaining a reputation as one of the most important painters of his generation.

He has participated in over fifty group exhibitions and twenty monographic exhibitions worldwide since 2000, including at the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland (2004); Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2005); Kunsthalle Tübingen (2008); Rochester Art Center, Minnesota (2013); Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2013); and Kasteel Wijlre, Netherlands (2018). Eitel‘s work is held in numerous important collections, including the Albertina, Vienna; ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark; Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany; Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Press Release

  • Tim Eitel: Center of Gravity
    PaceWildenstein is pleased to announce the opening of German painter Tim Eitel’s exhibition Center of Gravity at 534 West 25th Street, New York City, from November 17, 2006 through January 20, 2007. A reception for the artist will be held this Thursday, November 16th from 6-8 p.m. Tim Eitel, along with several fellow graduates of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, first gained recognition after creating the collective art gallery, Liga, in Berlin in 2001. In 2002, he joined Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin. Since that time Eitel’s work has become increasingly well known throughout the international art world. The work in this exhibition, Center of Gravity, reflects a continuation of the artist’s inquiry into the interaction of images. In his paintings, Eitel isolates pictorial elements, which he encounters (and photographs) in the outside world, and combines them into semi-fictitious compositions. These elements, such as a glance, a posture or a position, confer meaning without necessarily generating a narrative. In the end, Eitel extracts, rather than freezes, a moment from time by distilling out all reference to motion and change. The resulting quiet, which can at first appear as isolation or melancholy, transforms into a stillness that allows the viewer complete access into the nuances and resonances of each scene. In 2004, Eitel began to investigate increasingly ambiguous settings for his paintings. Walls, floors and surfaces were more precisely rendered, yet, through a simplification of the composition, they grew more difficult to decipher. A progressively darkening palette brings into sharp focus the edge between the abstract and the pictorial. Grey planes of the subtlest distinction, reminiscent of Rothko or Newman, readily slew into walls and floors in the presence of Eitel’s disinterested subjects (whether a group of school children or a lone shopping cart). The current exhibition continues and extends this investigation with five large-scale and ten small-scale paintings, many of which depict homeless subjects as well as their jerry-rigged carts, packed with belongings. Tim Eitel (b. 1971, Leonberg, Germany) studied philosophy at the University of Stuttgart from 1993-94; Fine Arts at the Burg Giebichtenstein in Halle from 1994-96; and painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig from 1997-2001. For the next two years, Eitel pursued his master’s studies under the teachings of Professor Arno Rink. Eitel began showing his work in 2000. Most recently, he has had solo exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri (2005-6); Museum zu Allerheiligen-Schaffhausen, Switzerland (2004); and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2002). An upcoming exhibition at the Kunsthalle Tübingen, curated by Martin Hellmold, is scheduled for November 17, 2007 through January 20, 2008. His work has been included in a traveling exhibition organized by MASS MoCA (2005-6), and in group shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2005); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2005, 2004); Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig (2003); and Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003). This exhibition was made possible with the support of Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin/Leipzig. Additional information is available upon request by contacting Jennifer Benz Joy, Public Relations Associate, at 212.421.3292 or via email at



John Yau

2006. PaceWildenstein. Paperback

40 pages: 16 color illustrations;10 ⅞ x 13 ½ inches



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