Frau nach Links 2008 Oil on canvas 118 by 76 in.
Trompeten 2008 Oil on canvas 55 3/4 by 42 3/8 in. 141.5 by 107.5 cm.
Frau mit Mannern 2008 Oil on canvas 87 1/2 by 56 in. 222 by 142.5 cm.
Weiblicher Kopf vor rosa Grund 2008 Oil on canvas 55 1/2 by 42 1/8 in. 141 by 107 cm.
Frau nach rechts 2008 Oil on canvas 120 7/8 by 79 3/4 in. 307 by 202.5 cm.
Gruppe mit Sonnenschirm 2008 Oil on canvas 17 3/8 by 21 5/8 in. 44 by 55 cm.
Junge mit angezogenem Bein 2008 Oil on canvas 83 1/2 by 48 7/8 in. 212 by 124 cm.
Kriechende 2008 Oil on canvas 80 by 72 7/8 in. 203 by 185 cm.
Liegende 2008 Oil on canvas 37 7/8 by 28 3/8 in. 96 by 72 cm.
Mann mit leicht angewinkeltem Bein 2008 Oil on canvas 42 1/2 by 33 1/2 in. 108 by 85 cm.
Figuren und Uniformen 2008 Oil on canvas 130 3/8 by 97 1/4 in. 331 by 247 cm.
Kopf mit Kopftuch 2008 Oil on canvas 26 3/8 by 17 3/4 in. 67 by 45 cm.
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.
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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