Wilhelm Sasnal

An elliptical meditation on Western civilisation’s repeated mistakes

By Rachel Wetzler

Wilhelm Sasnal, Untitled (Choke), 2017, oil on canvas, 160 × 200 cm. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, 22 April – 20 May The day after the election of Donald Trump, protesters took to the streets of Oakland, California, wielding a massive white banner with angular, duct-taped lettering reading: ‘Choke on your silver spoon you fucking Nazi’. A photograph of this protest serves as the basis for Wilhelm Sasnal’s arresting painting Untitled (Choke) (2017). In the artist’s hands, the image takes on the graphic slickness of an album cover. Set against a ground of…

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