My favorite artists are in Germany. There is a post-cold war gravitas to their work that is painterly, emotional and smart. Germany is still full of abstract expressionists. They seem to have their home base at the New Leipzig school, which many think is the best contemporary Fine Art School in the world (apparently no grades and lots of studio visits.). I have been in touch with a couple artists there and also met a couple faculty members while teaching in NY. No, I do not speak German, but the highly educated Germans understand English. I have been able to see a couple teaching videos (multilingual) and look at an avalanche of work. I am wrestling with all the new information that has recently passed in front of me. There are so many positive things that will originate (and already have) from the OBRAS residency. And I have not even been there yet!