Paul Talman(1932-2007) Great Master of Swiss Concrete and Kinetic Art
Weiss und Schwarz 40 x 40cm (approx 16 x 16 in.)
3-D Perspex Panel, black on one side, white on the other side; with twenty-five mobile kinetic ping pong balls half painted in black, half white, which can be arranged as desired on a black or white background. With a removable aluminium hook to hang the piece on one side or the other. Edition MAT (Multiplication d'Art Transformable) (1964). Edition of 52/100. Signed on the hook.
LITERATURE: Kimpel, Harald / Stengel, Karin: 1968 International exhibition Documenta IV- A photographic reconstruction (series of documenta-archive); Bremen, 2007, Paul Talman, The Garden Party , the Foundation for Constructive and Concrete Art, Zurich, 1997; Constructivism -International exhibition, the catalog: Volume 1: (painting and sculpture), Volume 2: (graphics / objects), Kassel, 1968.
Paul Talman's "motion-pictures", which he started at the beginning of the 1960s fitted well into the concept of the MAT-Edition that Daniel Spoerri (born 1930 and known as "the central figure of European post-war art") released at that time and in which Talman participated. The present picture is a good specimen of such work.
Paul Talman Biography
1932 Born in Zurich, Switzerland
1947 - 1948 Trained in Bern as a lithographer . He begun a close friendship with the artist Dieter Roth and other artists of the Bernese scene like Bernhard Luginbuhl .
1949-1955 Created his first abstract paintings. From the mid-1950s, Paul Talman began a novel compound movement to develop his pictures, and created a new relationship between geometric shapes and colours on the basis of constructivism. From 1955, his serial images emerge as engravings in plexiglass .
1956 1968- Moved to Basel. Starting in 1960 he created his famous models and ball images as kinetic objects that earned him worldwide attention. He had a breakthrough in 1961 with the "Moved Bewegung" exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam . In 1962 he joined the Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel (GRAV), Paris . In 1964 he went to the United States and spent some time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston (USA). In the US, he designed furniture for Knoll International, New York. He also patented several product designs in the US, amongst which a wash bucket, a collapsible beer can holder and an ashtray. Later, he created three-dimensional objects among compositions in plexiglass and sandwich-shaped pictures. In 1965 he exhibited at the Byron Gallery, New York City. In 1968 he was invited to the fourth Documenta show in Kassel, where he exhibited four of its kinetic spherical images.
1973- 1987 Moved with his family in the former castle Überstorf, where he worked and entertained many famous artists such as Daniel Spoerri , Jean Tinguely and Dieter Roth. In 1987 the Artist became seriously ill and died in Überstorf aged 55. He is considered a very important representative of the Swiss Concrete and Kinetic Art and Abstract Geometric Constructivism .