Lot 38
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David Ostrowski

30,000 - 40,000 GBP
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  • David Ostrowski
  • F (Dann Lieber Nein)
  • signed and dated 11 on the overlap
  • lacquer, spray paint and wood on canvas
  • 200 by 150cm.; 78 3/4 by 59in.


FORMAT:C, Dusseldorf 

Private Collection, Austria

Acquired directly from the above by the present owner 


Dusseldorf, FORMAT:C, Die Lügnerin – David Ostrowski und Philip Seibel, 2011. n.p., illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

Executed on a monumental scale, David Ostrowski’s F (Dann Lieber Nein) is a striking example of the artist’s distinctive use of spray paint. Part of Ostrowski’s celebrated F Series, which playfully parodies art historical tropes, F (Dann Lieber Nein) is the perfect embodiment of this paradigm with its gestural Yves Klein blue marks that streak across the cloudy alabaster ground, evoking elements of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work from the 1980s. A prominent forerunner in a burgeoning group of cutting-edge, process-based painters, Ostrowski's international standing has intensified in recent years with numerous solo exhibitions both in America and Europe, including those at Simon Lee and Peres Projects.  

A student of Albert Oehlen at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, the expressive passages of spray paint in F (Dann Lieber Nein) evoke the performative smudges that populate Ostrowski’s teacher’s oeuvre. Using his formal education as a point of departure, however, Ostrowski’s work engages with the Sisyphean task of de-skilling painting; adding and discarding colour and canvas without regard to strategy or chronology. As the artist explains: “I’m trying to neglect all of my painterly knowledge and ability in order to paint as a right-hander with my right hand as if it were the left one. I place the fast-paced agility of the hand before that of the mind… It’s an on-going struggle to unlearn and rediscover” (David Ostrowski quoted in: Brent Randall, ‘David Ostrowski’, Husk Magazine, 2013, online resource).