Gotthard Graubner

Galerie Karsten Greve

Since the ’60s, Gotthard Graubner has called his paintings Farbraumkörper—colored spatial bodies—and no term could better describe his work. Like many artists of his generation, he began his career by reacting against the spontaneity of art informel. But Graubner numbers among the few who have remained faithful to their original stylistic choices with coherence and rigor while retaining the power to surprise.

Though these paintings attempt to transform space into something palpable, solid, they also seem to consist purely of light. Graubner constructs his works—which are sometimes very large—by covering stretched canvases with a layer of synthetic cotton-wool, which lends each painting the soft thickness of a cushion. Over the “cotton-wool” he then stretches another piece of canvas, painting on this second surface with a mixture of acrylic and oil. His work is thus the end result of a rather

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