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Konrad Klapheck

Paintings: from 1955 to 1998



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Konrad Klapheck: Paintings: from 1955 to 1998
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Since the 1950s, German painter Konrad Klapheck has been producing a rigorous body of work. The bulk of his extraordinarily focused artistic career comprises a continued painterly investigation of technological machines and everyday objects such as typewriters, sewing machines, and ventilators. The artists canvases, however, are not mere depictions; the objects Klapheck presents are subtly anthropomorphized and charged with psychological, social, and political meaning. A telephone, for example, takes on a playful, eroticized quality in one canvas, while a typewriter becomes a menacing object evocative of brute power in another. An artists artist, Klapheck has never painted according to fashions dictated by the art world; he is a painter guided by his own obsessions. However, his work bears a number of crucial relationships to the history of painting and to the artistic and intellectual concerns of postwar art. In its unexpected combination of deadpan depiction and evocative playfulness, Klaphecks canvases forge an important link in twentieth-century art, melding elements from Surrealism and Pop Art with a singular painterly sensibility to create a uniquely influential body of work.
Release date Australia
March 3rd, 2008
By (artist) Konrad Klapheck Interviewee Konrad Klapheck Interviewer Christopher Williams Text by Andre Breton Text by Kristine Bell
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116 colour illustrations
Steidl Verlag
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