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Henry Flynt, Stroke Numeral, 1987, gold and acrylic on aluminum, metal frame, 19 x 41 1/2".

Henry Flynt

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen

Henry Flynt, Stroke Numeral, 1987, gold and acrylic on aluminum, metal frame, 19 x 41 1/2".

The Kunstverein in Düsseldorf pulled off a coup with “Henry Flynt: Activities 1959–,” the “first institutional solo show” of the seventy-two-year-old artist, traveling from the kunstverein to ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (March 2–May 19). Flynt, who coined the term concept art in 1961, is one of the “best-kept secrets of contemporary art history,” as Kunstverein Düsseldorf director Hans-Jürgen Hafner rightly says. Philosopher, mathematician, scientist, musician, and artist, Flynt has pursued “activities” that were underpinned by more than just a discipline-bridging approach. His early works between 1959 and 1962 were also decisively characterized by an “anti-artistic” impulse. NO MORE ART, DEMOLISH SERIOUS CULTURE, and DOWN WITH ART can be read on placards hanging to either side of the artist during his lecture “From Culture to Veramusement” on February 28, 1963,

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