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  • Provenance

    Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Kunsthalle Zürich, Ars Nova, 21 January – 26 March, 2006

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Kunsthalle Zürich, Ars Nova, Zürich, 2006 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In Untitled (für Otto Freundlich), Anselm Reyle pays tribute to one of Abstraction’s unsung heroes. Reworking the fractured aesthetic of Freundlich’s paintings, Reyle’s mixed media on canvas conveys a kaleidoscope effect, with different patches of colours symbolizing different emotions from happiness to sadness, elation and mourning. The medley of bright hues, in various hard-edged straight-lined geometric shapes and forms, composed in a collage technique, encapsulates a strong sense of celebration and optimism. Reyle is one of few German contemporary painters to examine lessons of abstraction, as he constantly seeks to explore the notion of German culture and identity, by re-working and re-evaluating the primary surface of a painting, that has become the predominant artistic style throughout his body of work.
    “I liked Otto Freundlich’s paintings already when I was a child. I think in his time his colourful abstract paintings were quite unusuaI. I work with the principal of his composition. So it’s a homage to him.” (The artist)


Untitled (für Otto Freundlich)

Mixed media on canvas.
415 x 192 cm. (163 3/8 x 75 1/2 in).
Signed and dated 'Anselm Reyle 2005' on the overlap.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £70,850

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010