AXEL GEIS
Frau nach Links
2008
Oil on canvas
118 by 76 in.

AXEL GEIS
Trompeten
2008
Oil on canvas
55 3/4 by 42 3/8 in. 141.5 by 107.5 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Frau mit Mannern
2008
Oil on canvas
87 1/2 by 56 in. 222 by 142.5 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Weiblicher Kopf vor rosa Grund
2008
Oil on canvas
55 1/2 by 42 1/8 in. 141 by 107 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Frau nach rechts
2008
Oil on canvas
120 7/8 by 79 3/4 in. 307 by 202.5 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Gruppe mit Sonnenschirm
2008
Oil on canvas
17 3/8 by 21 5/8 in. 44 by 55 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Junge mit angezogenem Bein
2008
Oil on canvas
83 1/2 by 48 7/8 in. 212 by 124 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Kriechende
2008
Oil on canvas
80 by 72 7/8 in. 203 by 185 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Liegende
2008
Oil on canvas
37 7/8 by 28 3/8 in. 96 by 72 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Mann mit leicht angewinkeltem Bein
2008
Oil on canvas
42 1/2 by 33 1/2 in. 108 by 85 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Figuren und Uniformen
2008
Oil on canvas
130 3/8 by 97 1/4 in. 331 by 247 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Kopf mit Kopftuch
2008
Oil on canvas
26 3/8 by 17 3/4 in. 67 by 45 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Kopf im Schatten
2008
Oil on canvas
26 3/8 by 17 3/4 in. 67 by 45 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Ohne Titel
2008
Oil on canvas
48 by 26 1/8 in. 122 by 66.5 cm.

AXEL GEIS
Rückenansicht eines weiblichen Kopfes
2008
Oil on canvas
55 1/2 by 42 1/8 in. 141 by 107 cm.

Press Release

July 15, 2008 – New York: Mitchell-Innes & Nash announces an exhibition of new oil paintings by Berlin-based painter Axel Geis, on view in the Chelsea gallery from October 17 – November 22, 2008. The exhibition will be the artist's first solo show in the United States. Geis's paintings feature figures set in ambiguous locations and uncertain time periods. Although he often uses images from films as points of departure, the artist pulls subjects from their specific contexts and sets them against seemingly unfinished backdrops. The figures appear to float on the picture plane amid visible brushstrokes in muted or earthy tones. While engaging with masters such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Manet, the artist nonetheless brings a freshness to the genre of history painting and, above all, makes his own contemporary commentary. Axel Geis was born in 1970 in Limburg, Germany, and currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe and the Akademie für Bildende Künste Mainz in Germany. He is the focus of a major solo exhibition now on view at the Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany, and his work is included in the exhibition Euro-Centric Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. He has had solo shows at venues including Galerie Jan Wentrup in Berlin. Geis is represented by Galerie Jan Wentrup. In conjunction with the New York exhibition, Mitchell-Innes & Nash will produce a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by art historian Mark Gisbourne, author of the 2007 book Berlin Art Now (Abrams). Also on View: Martha Rosler: September 6 – October 11, Chelsea William Pope.L: September 18 – October 24, Uptown Listing Information: Mitchell-Innes & Nash: 534 West 26th Street T: (212) 744-7400 www.miandn.com Opening reception: October 17, 2008, 6 – 8pm Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 10am – 6pm Press Contact: Stacy Bolton Communications T: 212.721.5350 E: Emily@StacyBolton.com