Sale: 530 / Evening Sale / The Hermann Gerlinger Collection, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 85

 

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Imi Knoebel
Ich Nicht XI, 2006.
Acrylic on aluminm and acrylic on paper
Post auction sale: € 180,000 / $ 208,800
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Ich Nicht XI. 2006.
Acrylic on aluminm and acrylic on paper.
Verso signed and dated. Total dimensions: 317.5 x 373 x 8.5 cm (125 x 146.8 x 3.3 in).

• "Ich Nicht" is Knoebel's answer to Barnett Newman's series of paintings "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue".
• Another work from the "Ich Nicht" series was part of the large Knoebel exhibition "Werke 1966-2014" in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.
• Works by Imi Knoebel are in important international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, and the Albertina in Vienna
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PROVENANCE:
Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon.
Private collection.

EXHIBITION:
Imi Knoebel, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, November 9 - December 31, 2006.

The title "Ich Nicht“ (Not me) is Knoebel's cryptic answer to a question posed by Barnett Newman in his "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue" series of paintings in the 1960s. Newman's monochromatic color fields triggered violent reactions at the time. When Dieter Honisch wanted to purchase "Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue IV" from the artist's estate with the support of the Association of Friends of the National Gallery in 1982, there were massive public protests, and the tabloid press defamed Newman's painting as the work of "a painter's apprentice “. People even made death threats against Dieter Honisch. Paintings that have moved away from objects and nature are often still considered far more questionable than figurative art. But Imi Knoebel asks the viewer to engage in color, surface and form with an open mind. In the narrow radius of minimalist painting, the artist has reinvented himself again and again. Knoebel's radically abstract creations, be they two- or three-dimensional, always have the square as the starting point, which Knoebel uses with his artistic enthusiasm for the sheer endless range of variations in abstract formations. In this way, the Beuys student Knoebel has repeatedly created something radically new that is always carried by the inherent value of the color. For Knoebel, the square is a clear reference to his own artistic beginnings and his formative enthusiasm for the "Black Square" on a white background by the Russian supremacist Kasimir Malevich from 1915, which today is considered an icon of abstract painting. When asked about the idiosyncratic contrast between the wild artistic actions of the early years and the enormous severity of the attained artistic expression, Knoebel once stated: "The Russians played an important part in this, the Russian movement around Malevich [.] this book 'The non-objective world' [.] was just released at that time. We were fascinated by the black square. For us, that was the phenomenon that had completely taken hold of us" (quoted from: Imi Knoebel. Retrospektive 1968-1996, ex. cat. Haus der Kunst, Munich, 1996, p. 279). In the series "Ich Nicht" Imi Knoebel uses only the three primary colors red, yellow and blue. The weighting and distribution of the colors is varied, which are put together in painterly brushwork from rectangular areas of different sizes. Formally, he opted for a fragmented horizontal format, the parts of which not only differ in color from one another, but are also accentuated by joints in order to increase the intrinsic value of the individual color fields. At the same time, Knoebel visibly uses the brushstroke and, on closer inspection, reveals the formal structuring of the surface. Brush and paint give the smooth aluminum plate a fleshy texture as a structured surface. This work is permeated through and through by Imi Knoebel's working method. For him, the focus of his artistic work has been on dealing with color, color surfaces and space from the very beginning. [SM]



85
Imi Knoebel
Ich Nicht XI, 2006.
Acrylic on aluminm and acrylic on paper
Post auction sale: € 180,000 / $ 208,800
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