Sale: 375 / Post War / Contemporary Art, Dec. 04. 2010 in Munich Lot 192

 
Markus Lüpertz - Wäsche auf der Leine (Dithyrambisch)

192
Markus Lüpertz
Wäsche auf der Leine (Dithyrambisch), 1968.
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 44,000
Sold:
€ 47,580 / $ 52.338

(incl. 22% surcharge)
Lot description
Glue-bound distemper on canvas
Signed "Markus" upper right. 50,3 x 69,7 cm (19,8 x 27,4 in)

This work’s authenticity has kindly been confirmed orally by Prof. Markus Lüppertz, Berlin. We are grateful for his kind support in cataloging this lot.

When he was seven years old, Markus Lüpertz came to Germany with his family. From 1956 to 1963 he studied in the class of Laurens Goosens at the art school in Krefeld and at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf. In 1962 Lüpertz moved to West Berlin, where he founded the self-help gallery 'Großgörschen 35', together with Bernd Koberling and Karl Horst Hödicke. Lüpertz started to paint pictures with simple representational contents against all contemporary tendencies towards abstraction. In a manifesto of 1966, he titled his emphatically expressive pictures 'dithyrambische Malerei' - after an ancient Greek ritual song for the fertility god Dionysos.

Lüpertz makes a white sheet and two wooden posts the protagonists of his work, a prime example of his art from the late 1960s, a time Lüpertz artistically examined the world of everyday objects. Roofs, walls, telegraph poles, quilts and clotheslines belong to the most popular motifs of these days, objects which are so inconsiderable that they are never attended with much attention, accordingly, they have never really been made a central subject for art. However, Lüpertz does not try to give a realistic account of the object, it seems to be the case that the two artistic poles abstraction and Realism seem to have been exhausted and have become unproductive, which is why he tries to illustrate the apparent paradox of a non-representational figuration. Through the consistent reduction to mostly monochrome color surfaces and simplest volume, Lüpertz makes our perception oscillate between abstract color worlds and impressions of figuration and thus opens up a new world, an empire of art.

In 1970 Lüpertz received the prize of the Villa Romana and spent the year of his scholarship in Florence. In 1976 he accepted a chair at the academy in Karlsruhe. In 1982 he took part at the documenta VII in Kassel. In 1986 he was offered a chair at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf, which he heads as principal since 1988. Lüpertz received the Lovis-Corinth prize of the artist guild Esslingen in 1990. Important individual exhibitions were dedicated to his oeuvre. A work show arranged according to subject was organized at the Art Collection North-Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf in 1996 and a retrospective exhibition at the Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Culture Foundation in Munich in 1997, which was later presented in Wuppertal and Barmen. In 1997/98 his works were represented at the exhibition "Deutschlandbilder: Kunst aus einem geteilten Land" in the Martin-Gropius building in Berlin. [JS].

192
Markus Lüpertz
Wäsche auf der Leine (Dithyrambisch), 1968.
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 44,000
Sold:
€ 47,580 / $ 52.338

(incl. 22% surcharge)