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Chris Antemann

Chris Antemann’s figural porcelain tableaux are naughty, resembling 18th-century French courtiers and housemaids cavorting with naked suitors. I start thinking of Marie Antoinette and her entourage prancing about Versailles. An homage to traditional European and Asian figurines (think Meissen, Staffordshire, Royal Delft) Antemann’s milieus are marked by flawlessly delicate craftsmanship and are about relationships between women and androgynous men giving the settings an erotic and emotional charge. This summer Antemann is setting up shop at Meissen, the three-hundred-year old venerable German porcelain factory to embark on making oversize mise-en-scènes. I can’t hardly wait.

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Antemann’s milieus are marked by flawlessly delicate craftsmanship and are about relationships between women and androgynous men giving the settings an erotic and emotional charge.