Close-up of Georg Herold’s (b. 1947) Ohne Titel (one of his many caviar paintings).
Looks like Mark Lombardi met Mr. Pollock’s action-painted cicada carcass and then they had a drink with Hanne Darboven. Herold has been making these material-conceit paintings (against “inflated mysticism” and petits bourgeois aesthetics) — with fish eggs as medium — for the past two decades, painstakingly numbering each caviar piece once added to the canvas.
More on Herold in Gregory H. Williams’s forthcoming Permission to Laugh: Humor and Politics in Contemporary German Art (along with Rosemarie Trockel, Isa Genzken, and others — we’re geeked).