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Auction: Contemporary Art Evening
was auctioned on: 12 February 2010
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Anselm Reyle

Estimate: £60,000 - £80,000
ca. US$93,738 - US$124,984
Price realised:  £70,850
ca. US$110,688
Lot number 27, Views: 6

Anselm Reyle Untitled (für Otto Freundlich) 2005 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.
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) Read More

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Phillips
Title: Contemporary Art Evening
Date of the auction: 12 Feb 2010
Address: Phillips
12 Feb 2010 London