Another work by Imi Knoebel from the von Bartha collection
Imi Knoebel is known for his theoretical approach to colour, form and surface. His powerful use of colour combinations work to reveal the physical potentialities behind often rudimentary materials; by reducing art to its most formal elements, Knoebel highlights the possibilities inherent within these materials and structures. Through a career spanning over 50 years, he has revisited these themes and materials in various ways.
Knoebel studied at the Werkkunstschule in Darmstadt (1962-64) before moving to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, fascinated by the teaching style and personality of Joseph Beuys. Knoebel, however, distanced himself from the other Beuys students and developed his own, minimalist style, influenced by Kazimir Malevich; Malevich’s Black Square (1915) gave him ‘The overwhelming feeling that I could start at nothing.’ His puristic line drawings, light projections and white paintings of the early 70s saw the inclusion of colour for the first time in 1974. –
Imi Knoebel, Lina-Liza-Strasse 4, 2000, Acrylic on Aluminium, 276 x 200 x 4,5cm
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