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Gotthard Graubner


Gotthard Graubner, 2009 © Nachlass Gotthard Graubner

Following on from his Farbräume ("Colour spaces") of the 1950s and his Farbkissen ("colour cushions") and Farbkörper ("Colour bodies") of the early 1960s, Gotthard Graubner developed his so-called Farbraumkörper ("colour space bodies") in the early 1970s. This term, coined by Graubner himself, shows that he has moved with his art beyond the boundaries of conventional two-dimensional painting. Canvas or nylon is stretched like skin over foam material or synthetic cotton wool creating organic, body-like forms.
Nevertheless, colour has always been the central subject of Gotthard Graubner's work. Usually, Graubner focuses on just one 'range of colour' in each of his works, its manifold nuances interacting with one another. The colour is able to unfold in all its tremendous diversity. It is applied in numerous layers; it runs, blurs, covers, overlaps, disguises and revolves. It percolates and saturates the material, melts into it. Alongside Gotthard Graubner's paintings his work on paper represents a stand-alone category as an equally favoured means of artistic expression since 1956. Again, colour remains the central subject.
Gotthard Graubner has been born in 1930 in Erlbach, Germany. Following numerous solo and group exhibitions he gained major national as well as international recognition. He participated in documenta 4 and documenta 6 and represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1982. His works are included in well-known public and private collections. Gotthard Graubner passed away on May 24, 2013, at Insel Hombroich, Germany, where he lived and worked until his death.

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