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  • Provenance

    Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

  • Exhibited

    Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen; and London, White Cube, Martin Kobe: The Centre Cannot Hold, June 2 - September 16, 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    His paintings engage and contest many of the timeless, unresolved and dialectical issues of formal image reconciliation. And, as with all painting, there is a consideration of fiction and fact, space and time, part and whole, and the painterly processes of their realization. This is not to say, however, that Kobe is a formalist in the modernist sense of its usage. But his work does pursue aspects of phenomenological investigation of the architectonics of space, (im)possible worlds, and the making of marks that pose provisional investigative conclusions. That is provisional to the extent that there is always another painting ahead of him: another painting to paint. M. Gisbourne, Painting as Doubt and the Architecture of Impossibility, Norwich, 2004




Acrylic on canvas.

110 1/4 x 177 1/4 in. (280 x 450.2 cm).

Signed and dated “Kobe 2006” on the reverse.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $205,000

Contemporary Art Part I

15 May 2008, 7pm
New York