Ken Aptekar

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Ken Aptekar toys with paintings from the past by using the history of art as his playground. He time-travels beloved masterpieces into the present by his sly repainting joined to his own witty and intimate texts. Sometimes he makes videos that link the history of art to life today. Here’s the idea: Paintings are nothing on their own, they start meaning something only when you start talking back to them. Aptekar's work turns this conviction into paintings on wood panels over which he bolts glass sandblasted with text, and into videos.

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