PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home—an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality.

C.O. Paeffgen

From the Großhaus Collection as well as works from the Falckenberg and T.A.L. Collections
The language of C.O. Paeffgen’s art is always direct; nevertheless there is always a deeper meaning. The artist follows our times, selecting events and scenes that he brings together via his powerful lineament, creating an abstract art that has links to Pop Art but is never mere mechanical abstraction. Instead there are strokes – of fountain pen, felt-tip pen or brush – all deep and inky, of great intensity, agitated and which at times vibrate.
The artist takes out what he perceives to be key scenes from newspapers, reshapes these, and thus forces us to stop and think. His work stretches up to the present day; here, the topicality and explosive force of the headlines used at times only become fully meaningful in retrospect. It is indeed a great pleasure to discover this deeper meaning and to interpret the apparent trivialities in the works by Paeffgen presented here.

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"C.O. Paeffgen"

August 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-340-9

20,00 x 24,00 cm

96 Pages

112 colored illustrations

Softcover with flaps, bound

Languages: German, English

Levy Galerie, Hamburg, Museum Moderner Kunst Wörlen, Passau
Text by
Carl Haenlein und Eveline Seelig
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „C.O. Paeffgen“, 23 August to 22 November 2009, Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloß Gottorf and 24 April to 5 June 2010, Museum Moderner Kunst Wörlen, Passau.
The organisation of the catalogue and the exhibitions have been kindly supported by Galerie Levy, Hamburg.