DARK AND DETACHED, THE ART OF GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN DEMANDS A RESPONSE.
The Child: Works by Gottfried Helnwein at San Francisco Fine Arts museums, Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Helnwein's preoccupation with the dark side of modern history, including its abuse of images, has never left him. He did a whole series of paintings (the Legion show includes a couple) so dark as to appear imageless. But he intended them not as mirrors of dark times but as counterthrusts to the aggressive reach of so much contemporary culture.
The San Francisco Chronicle - Kenneth Baker, Chronicle Art Critic, August 09, 2004