A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily.
German painter and sculptor, Anselm Kiefer, was "fortunate" enough to have had the entire continent of Europe as his canvas. Born in 1945 in postwar Europe, Kiefer has spent his entire career exploring how his country rebuilt itself in the aftermath of World War II.
Kiefer is unique in that he never steered clear of, or avoided, his country's controversial past history. The guilt and horror of the Holocaust and the Nazi rule wasn't something represented in art previously. Kiefer took on that subject with a vengeance. Early on, Kiefer incorporated German mythology into his works; and in the following years, he tested out the idea of the Kabbalah. His themes, throughout his career, have continued to include Hebrew and Egyptian history. As you can see, his range is quite wide.
Incorporating materials such as ash, clay and straw, the pieces Kiefer creates aren't filled with hope and lightness. Nevertheless, they are important in ensuring that we understand the pragmatism of regaining a corrupted culture after the horrors of it's past.
Space exists only in relation to something, or someone. Position and even direction in art may have some currency in previous ages when art had its strictly defined purpose of representing the living or metaphysical world. However, even the metaphysical one relied heavily on our perception and imagination, and was made similar to the palpable reality. As artistic styles developed and avant garde movements became mainstay, space started to dissolve and forms that filled artworks were defined along a much simpler differentiation between positive (space occupied by form) and negative space.
Examining space in art must always take into account the complex social and cultural standings of a given time, thus influencing the way space is experienced. To follow are a few examples to stimulate further thinking about spatial relations in art.
We visited the Margulies collection and his Anselm Kiefer exhibition this year on a rainy December day in Miami. The mood was just right, and each piece was specifically housed in a space to experience the work singularly. This was perfect for the Kiefers, as his installations often demand monumental space - white, but gritty, his materiality was in a fantastic context to experience it.
Enjoy some of our favorites from his collection, and from the exhibition. It is a must-see!