GERMAN TAGLE: ATMOSPHERIC SUBLIME
Germán Tagle has created a body of works that explores the dimension of the beautiful and the sublime, the tranquil and the violent, the desired, the imagined and the feared Throughout his paintings, the artist addresses a number of concepts, but there are three in particular that are of significance to this exhibition. The first is Germán’s reference to the history of the use of landscape and its image as a tool of empire. Second is his allusion to Kant’s interpretation of the psychological inflection of the beautiful and the sublime. The third important theme is his relationship to the history of the Baroque not as a European movement but as an American phenomenon. These three ideas are particularly prevalent in the painter’s works, connecting a variety of other related concepts in the process of exploring the forms and meanings of his paintings.
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Curator Jersey City Museum, USA, 2009