Klaus Rinke

Galerie Karsten Greve | Cologne

In Germany, at least, Klaus Rinke, now fifty years old, is gaining long-overdue recognition. His mostly sculptural works are marked by an independent artistic approach and a unique execution. Furthermore, after years of teaching at the Düsseldorf academy, Rinke has influenced several young sculptors, including Tony Cragg and Asta Gröting, both better known than he. This exhibition covered work of the past two years. These are quiet pieces, which, upon contemplation, reveal the essence of Rinke’s oeuvre. His works defy the usual categories of sculpture, and perhaps that’s why they have lurked in the shadows of the contemporary art scene.

Shown here were black pencil drawings done on pigskin or goatskin. They show simple primary forms such as circles, semicircles, or ovals that are generously pulled across the large surfaces. They look like evocative archaic formulas that indicate more than

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