This abstract collaged acrylic was created by German artist Imi Knoebel (b. 1940). Born as Klaus Wolf Knoebel on December 31, 1940, he spent his childhood near Dresden and moved to Mainz with his family in 1950. From 1962-64, Knoebel studied at the Darmstadt “Werkkunstschule”, in a course based on the ideas of the pre-Bauhaus course taught by Johannes Itten and Lászlo Moholy-Nagy. At the school Knoebel met Rainer Griese. They both used the first name “Im”, an abbreviation the friends used to say good-bye. Fascinated by the teacher Joseph Beuys, the two friends transferred to the Düsseldorf Art Academy in 1964.
In 1968, Knoebel created his first major work, an installation called Raum 19, named after classroom No. 19, which Beuys had given to his students at the academy. Knoebel already studied the relationship between space, picture support and color in analytical series.He was indebted to a second guiding spirit, Kasimir Malevich, for the idea of the reduction of a painting to its elemental co-ordinates. Knoebel first used color in 1974. From 1975 to date, he has been working on a group of works called Mennigebilder, named after an anti-corrosion paint used in steel construction by the name of Mennige Paint, which the artist has used in these works.Knoebels was shown in individual exhibitions at museums in Düsseldorf in 1975, Winterthur and Bonn in 1983 and Hamburg in 1992 and 2003. He also participated in important group exhibitions such as "documenta 5", "6", "7" and "8".
Acrylic on collaged plastic strips, titled on verso artist label “Grace Kelly 1989/2005, 9/10, O C (A-D), and housed under plexiglas in a modern aluminum frame. Dimensions: 20 ½” x 14 ½”, framed.
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