Saturday, November 5th - Saturday, December 17th
Galerie Tanja Grunert is pleased to present Movie Cowboys, Bettina Magi’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. This exhibition features lush oil paintings of iconic Hollywood cowboys captured in dramatic poses from Western movies which the artist watched growing up. Whether the cowboy is a hero or anti-hero, he is cool, well dressed, and sexy. He represents America’s foundational myth of triumph over adversity.
A lone figure, the cowboy is in touch with nature. He is independent, heroic, resolutely masculine, and a redeemer in an isolated and harsh landscape. Magi draws inspiration form early Italian Renaissance artists such as Giotto, Mantegna and Piero della Francesca. She does all this while incorporating their motifs and compositional elements to amplify the connection to an old world narrative of redemption. In doing so, she combines the European myth with the new American myth. The narrative of facing an unknown world with the chance to start over is one that her Italian immigrant parents knew well and one that Magi continues to explore in her work.