Per Kirkeby

Paintings and Sculpture

Dorothy Kosinski and Klaus Ottmann

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Per Kirkeby (b. 1938) is Scandinavia's most highly acclaimed artist since August Strindberg and Asger Jorn. His early training as a geologist is evident in his richly layered canvases, which are structured like geological strata, constantly in flux, expressing movement and change over time. His striking bronze sculptures of fragmented body parts, reminiscent of Rodin, are similarly based in a deep dialogue with nature.

Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculpture is an essential introduction to the work of this important contemporary artist, who also is a filmmaker, writer, and poet. Klaus Ottmann provides an overview of Kirkeby's career, from his early association with Minimalism and the Fluxus movement in the 1960s to his recent work, which marries the poetic and metaphysical to the scientific investigation of object matter. This handsome book also features an interview by Dorothy Kosinski with the artist that highlights his unique approach.

Dorothy Kosinski is director of The Phillips Collection. Klaus Ottmann is director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and curator at large at The Phillips Collection.


The Phillips Collection(10/06/12–01/06/13)  

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine(03/26/13–06/30/13)

“This well-wrought introduction to the Danish painter and sculptor affords sound passage into Kirkeby’s stirring but often oblique world.”—Publishers Weekly

“Wild energy is unshackled in Per Kirkeby’s paintings: earthquakes, infernos, uprooted trees. . . . his paintings suggest a geological layering of time, of ancient unseen forces at work. . . . and his sculptures look yanked from the earth’s core.”—Dana Jennings, New York Times
ISBN: 9780300181227
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Co-publisher: Published in association with the Phillips Collection
144 pages, 9 x 9
52 color illus.
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