Kate Connolly profiles painter Imi Knoebel, whose work is on view at White Cube Bermondsey, London through September 13, 2015.
Connolly writes: "Knoebel’s Drachen Serie (kite series) is arguably the highlight of the White Cube show in London. Seven kites – light, bright aluminium shapes that hover high up on the eight-metre wall – take up one room. Nine other works – aluminium shapes and mirrors, in fluorescents and pastels – fill another. A piece called Ort-Rosa (rose place) resembles the open corner of a room, inviting you to step inside. And there are several hovering paintings, simply nam"ed Bild (picture), that look as if a Malevich had been made out of wax and left in the sun to melt."
E. Baker reviews Imi Knoebel: Rosa Ort at Kewenig, Berlin, on view through April 26, 2014.
Baker writes that Knoebel's new works are "comprised of solid-colored aluminum plates in various forms made with acrylic paint. The works have been interpreted both as paintings and flat wall sculptures, hovering weightlessly in their large-scale formats. Non-representational and highly reductive, the series challenges even the artist’s own minimalistic practice in their adherence principally to form and color."
Catherine Wagley relects on friendship and recounts the story of two friends whose work influenced one another: Blinky Palermo and Imi Knoebel. The two artists explored the United States together on a road trip where they "stopped at Rothko’s Chapel, saw De Maria’s Las Vegas piece, and returned home inspired." Palermo's work is currently the subject of a retrospective that travels from LACMA to the Hirshhorn Museum where it opens February 24, 2011. Imi Knoebel's hommage to his friend 24 Colors for Blinky is on view at Dia:Beacon.
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.