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  • Provenance

    Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

  • Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, Kunstmuseum Zurich, Ars Nova, Zurich, 2006, p. 163 (detail illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reyle’s critique of painting extends to his exploration of the constantly shifting criteria required for a work to be considered complete. He is one of few contemporary German painters examining the lessons of abstraction and their place in contemporary painting at a moment when figurative painting has gained critical momentum.
     
    Reyle’s stripe paintings are instantly recognizable as responses to the formalist vocabulary of Clement Greenberg that defined the art of the 1950s and 1960s. Reyle references iconic abstractionists ranging from Kenneth Noland to Otto Freundlich. Reyle’s ‘objets trouve,’ a reference to his multi-media installations that include sculpture and found neon lights, are in constant dialogue about the role of modernism today. Undermining the authoritarian quality of this commanding design, Reyle’s solid bars of coruscating tones shift and buckle in inevitable breakdown. Framing utopian ideals as rift and crimpled, Reyle’s Untitled customises a universal symbol to accommodate and reflect an underlying cultural anxiety.
     
     

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Untitled

2005
Oil, PVC foil and mirrored Plexiglas on canvas.
224 x 189 cm. (88 1/4 x 74 3/8 in).
Signed and dated 'Anselm Reyle 2005' on the overlap.

Estimate
£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £85,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

18 Oct 2008, 7pm
London