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WINFRED GAUL. ZUM 90.

galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf

november 17th, 2018 - February 15th, 2019

WINFRED GAUL. ZUM 90.

galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf

17 novembre 2018 - 15 febbraio 2019

 

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WINFRED GAUL. ZUM 90.

Opening: Friday, 16 November 2018, 6 - 8 pm


"Painter without Trademark"

 

Winfred Gaul was a painter-theorist who throughout his life reflected on painting itself. In his ongoing questioning of the relationship between art and reality, he produced works that diametrically opposed each other which was often met with incomprehension.

Gaul was not interested in a linear development of his oeuvre. Rather, his profound intellectual examination of the possibilities of painting and the international art scene of his time led to some very disruptive changes: While he was declared a pioneer of German Informel in the late 1950s, Gaul deliberately explored the possibilities of Pop Art and color field painting in the early 1960s. His early works being dominated by gestural movement, now give way to strictly composed works with simple geometric forms and monochrome colour surfaces. The use of colour in its independent, reality-producing quality now dominated his work, which set an important intellectual course, especially for the development of painting in Germany.

 

"Painting is the painter's reflection on the possibility of making painting."

Winfred Gaul


Zum 90.- Homage to Winfred Gaul (1928-2003)
 

On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Galerie Ludorff, in cooperation with the artist's estate, is showing an exciting overview of selected works by the Dusseldorf painter Winfred Gaul. Eighteen works by the artist, some of which have not been on display yet, from his periods between 1960 and 1980 will be presented. In this way, the exhibition offers a new perspective on an extremely multi-faceted oeuvre that is by no means subordinate to a single style.

The works from the series "Traffic Signs and Signals", in which Gaul processes impulses from everyday reality, form a focal point: Due to their striking, garish colors and their unusual pictorial format, the works are reminiscent of traffic signs, whose indicative function, however, they completely undermine in their openness of meaning. The subsequent group of Gaul's "Markierungen" (Markings), on the other hand, appears significantly reduced in its palette of colours and forms. With fine lines and wide colour stripes, which sometimes seem to move restlessly, sometimes seem to be immobilized, inner pictorial moments of tension are rehearsed in ever new ways. 
 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with texts by Klaus Honnef, Beat Wismer and Raimar Stange.


 

WINFRED GAUL. ZUM 90.

Opening: Friday, 16 November 2018, 6 - 8 pm


"Painter without Trademark"

 

Winfred Gaul was a painter-theorist who throughout his life reflected on painting itself. In his ongoing questioning of the relationship between art and reality, he produced works that diametrically opposed each other which was often met with incomprehension.

Gaul was not interested in a linear development of his oeuvre. Rather, his profound intellectual examination of the possibilities of painting and the international art scene of his time led to some very disruptive changes: While he was declared a pioneer of German Informel in the late 1950s, Gaul deliberately explored the possibilities of Pop Art and color field painting in the early 1960s. His early works being dominated by gestural movement, now give way to strictly composed works with simple geometric forms and monochrome colour surfaces. The use of colour in its independent, reality-producing quality now dominated his work, which set an important intellectual course, especially for the development of painting in Germany.

 

"Painting is the painter's reflection on the possibility of making painting."

Winfred Gaul


Zum 90.- Homage to Winfred Gaul (1928-2003)
 

On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Galerie Ludorff, in cooperation with the artist's estate, is showing an exciting overview of selected works by the Dusseldorf painter Winfred Gaul. Eighteen works by the artist, some of which have not been on display yet, from his periods between 1960 and 1980 will be presented. In this way, the exhibition offers a new perspective on an extremely multi-faceted oeuvre that is by no means subordinate to a single style.

The works from the series "Traffic Signs and Signals", in which Gaul processes impulses from everyday reality, form a focal point: Due to their striking, garish colors and their unusual pictorial format, the works are reminiscent of traffic signs, whose indicative function, however, they completely undermine in their openness of meaning. The subsequent group of Gaul's "Markierungen" (Markings), on the other hand, appears significantly reduced in its palette of colours and forms. With fine lines and wide colour stripes, which sometimes seem to move restlessly, sometimes seem to be immobilized, inner pictorial moments of tension are rehearsed in ever new ways. 
 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with texts by Klaus Honnef, Beat Wismer and Raimar Stange.