Imi Knoebel, Cut-up 6, 2019. Acrylic, aluminium, PE pipe, 220.7 x 210.3 x 13cm. Courtesy: the artist and Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland.
Imi Knoebel is one of the key members of a generation of German painters who collectively shaped much of the second half of 20thcentury art history.
A student of Joseph Beuys at the famed Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, Knoebel along with Blinky Palermo and Gerhard Richter found success on both sides of the Atlantic, and Knoebel’s practice is now revered around the world. Resisting the orthodoxy and shrewd sentimentality of Richter’s painting, Knoebel’s work prefers an architectonic robustness that speaks as much to Judd as to Matisse.
Whilst colour remains the abiding fascination for Knoebel, it is the manner in which he constructs supports, both in wood and aluminium, the dimensional expanse and folded morphology of the structure that has set Knoebel aside. Fox Jensen McCrory presents major paintings from multiple series.
Exhibition opens: 5:30–7:30pm Thursday 19 September 2019