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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019<br/>    Picture: Jens Weber, Munich<br />

Imi Knoebel

Born 1940 in Dessau, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf

Sweet Baby Jane, 1991

Acrylic on aluminium
270 x 270 cm

Imi Knoebel has been questioning the laws of painting since the 1960s, and experimenting with an expanded concept of the image which incorporates space. His vocabulary of forms is reduced to geometric elements, in many cases the materials he uses such as plywood or hardboard are not commonly found in art.

"Sweet Baby Jane" is the culmination of an intensive involvement with the subject of portraits. In the late 1980s, inspired by the immaculate beauty of Grace Kelly, the artist created a series of portraits in strict geometric form language. The basic framework was a central rectangle, embraced by horizontal and vertical fields. Individuality and character traits of the people portrayed were suggested only by the colour scheme. In "Sweet Baby Jane", the artist departs not only from the composition scheme, which had previously been static, based on a horizontal and vertical orientation, but also the surface. Diagonals and space penetrate one another.

Location: Leopoldstrasse 36, Munich

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