Untitled (For Otto Freundlich) by Anselm Reyle

2007

Anselm Reyle

Facts

Material

Metal, acrylic glass

Size

9.50 x 4.10 x 0.20 m

Description

A kaleidoscopic array of bright blocks of differently-shaped colours jostle for attention in this large scale celebration of abstraction. On a mission to make abstract art popular, Reyle is well known for his large scale paintings and sculptures that have never been afraid to use trashy, glitzy materials such as silver foil, neon colours, mirrors and Day-Glo paints. He says: "I'm interested in riding the border of tastlessness."

Location
Zurich, Adliswil
I'm interested in riding the border of tastlessness.
Anselm Reyle
A kaleidoscopic array of bright blocks of differently-shaped colours jostle for attention in this large scale celebration of abstraction.

This more calmly coloured Plexiglass piece is connected to a series of works that Reyle has dedicated in homage to Otto Freundlich (1878 – 1943), a German painter, stained-glass designer and sculptor of Jewish origin, whose abstract paintings Reyle has enjoyed since a child. And in Untitled (for Otto Freundlich) Reyle's develops Freundlich's abstraction to resemble a beautiful stained glass window. The effect is both decorative (which Reyle unabashedly aims for) and contemplative.

I try to see if I can really add something to it… taking a stereotype in order to breathe new life into it.
Anselm Reyle
This more calmly coloured Plexiglass piece is connected to a series of works that Reyle has dedicated in homage to Otto Freundlich.
Reyle likes to re-work aspects of art history for a contemporary age, and has also borrowed from other abstracts such as Jackson Pollock and Kenneth Noland.

Reyle likes to re-work aspects of art history for a contemporary age, and has also borrowed from other abstracts such as Jackson Pollock and Kenneth Noland. "Many parts of art history interest me", says Reyle. "I try to see if I can really add something to it...taking a stereotype in order to breathe new life into it."

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