German artist Gabriel Vormstein utilizes themes of failure and death in his paintings and sculptural works as catalysts for inquiry and innovation in the arts. Inspired by the work of Egon Schiele, he reexamines the romantic, emotionally charged gestures found in early Modernist painting. He frequently works on raw and primed newspaper as his canvas, selecting and redrawing figures from art history and fashion magazines and offsetting them with abstract imagery and collage. His choice of organic, low-cost materials, such as newspaper, not only recalls the type of media used in the Arte Povera movement from the late 1960s, but suggests a connection between the degrading effects of age that newsprint and the body share.
Vormstein was the recipient of the Graduiertenstipendium des Landes Baden-Württemberg Award in 2002 and is nominated for the 2009/2010 Sovereign European Art Prize. His work has been included in museum exhibitions in Europe, such as Seltsam, so lose im Raum, Kulturstiftung Schloss Agathenburg, Germany (2010); Made in Germany, Kestner Gesellschaft, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany (2007); and Of Mice and Men: 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, and Ali Subotnick, Germany (2006). This will be his first solo museum show in the world and his first American museum project.