Brick negro, Georg Herold
Georg Herold
Brick negro
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Georg Herold

Brick negro, 1981


Dimensions
90.0 x 130.0 cm
Physical Description
Emulsion on hardboard
Inventory Number
2457
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 as a gift from private property
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

George Herold takes up one aspect of the typical repertoire of German painting from the 1980s: namely a marginal, violent and often tasteless provocation. This depiction deliberately displays political incorrectness: An aggressive mob is using a brick to attack a black man. The traffic light seems to be giving a green light for the attack. The likewise blatantly racist tile can be read as an attempt by the artist to investigate a general concern of (political) art: namely the question of what art is permitted to do and where its freedom comes to an end. Even at a remove of four decades, the viewer must ask himself whether the artist was using the racist statement of the work and its title to refer to himself. Even if we do not impute a racist background to the artist, both the title and the work – if we take them at their word – are scandalous. And they issue a challenge to both art-historical classification and the exhibiting of art, which deliberately rejects an access devoid of ambiguity or an assertion based on contents.

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Title
Brick negro
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Emulsion on hardboard
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Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 as a gift from private property

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  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints

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02.07.2020