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NEBOJŠA DESPOTOVIĆ, ENEMY WHO MUST BE LOVED
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  • Nebojša Despotović, Self portrait, 2011, oil on canvas, 74 x 65 inches

NEBOJSA DESPOTOVIC, "ENEMY WHO MUST BE LOVED"
IERIMONTI GALLERY, 55 DELANCEY STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10002 - USA

Opening: Friday, September 22,  from 7pm

September 22 - November 18, 2017

Ierimonti Gallery is proud to present the first show in its new lower Manhattan location of artist Nebojša Despotović. This exhibition is his first showing on New York City that will include a wide variety of his artworks that allows for the visitors to view and enjoy his work.

Nebojša Despotović was born in 1982, Belgrade, Serbia and he currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Despotović acquired his bachelor degree in The Academy of Fine Arts of Venice and is well incorporated in the the contemporary art scene in Italy and throughout Europe. Throughout his career, he has attained prestige as an artist through his many awards and accomplishments. He is known for his paintings that use old photographs as a starting point and explores the identity from the alterations that were made from paint, adding vitality and relevance to the outdated images. Despotović does not provided a new storyline and he does not aim to make the piece an anachronism, rather he focuses on the individual and that instance. Rather, he abstracts the piece to the point that it becomes applicable to everyone. The artist is known for using paint not as simply a medium for which one paints, but rather a process that allows the paint to exist on the surface, regardless of meaning and style. The reason for this process is to give attributes of form. Through this form, Despotović gives importance to the everyday person, the ones who are found in every corner. To establish such form, he disregards space and dimensions of the photographs and establishes his own. He uses opaque and muted colors, however, he places each color along side a color that best contrasts the first, giving an unexpected sense of vibrancy. With that process, the individuals of the photographs become eternally alive, stuck in a moment of their own humanity.

Despotović's artwork will bring understanding through style yet a refreshing ideology in respect to the importance of the process in which art is to New York City. This kind of development will be both demanding and exhilarating as the viewer will feel a sense of familiarity yet also will feel a sense of incomprehension. The experience is one of a kind and memorable to all of those who view the artwork.