Sale: 425 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 12./13. 2015 in Munich Lot 860

 
860
Stephan Balkenhol
Auf dem Rückem liegender Mann, 1997.
Wooden sculpture
Estimate:
€ 18,000 / $ 21,060
Sold:
€ 80,000 / $ 93.600

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Auf dem Rückem liegender Mann. 1997.
Wooden sculpture, in colors.
Verso signed, dated and inscribed. 24 x 45 x 24 cm (9.4 x 17.7 x 9.4 in). [SM].

PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany.

Essay
Balkenhol uses traditional tools for his woodwork and considers the wood itself a living matter. Grooves, fissures, splinter and cracks on his sculptures document the creative process. The figures, the head, the face - often accentuated by painted markings - are sketchy, sometimes almost portrait-like. There is always a certain "family likeness" paralleled with the necessary generalisation for a large form. The figures convey no subjective emotions and are free of sociological or socio-critical references. They have a completely autonomous presence with a generalising vagueness, which exemplifies an existential awareness of life of post-modern man.
860
Stephan Balkenhol
Auf dem Rückem liegender Mann, 1997.
Wooden sculpture
Estimate:
€ 18,000 / $ 21,060
Sold:
€ 80,000 / $ 93.600

(incl. 25% surcharge)