Stylit II, Gotthard Graubner
Gotthard Graubner
Stylit II
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Gotthard Graubner

Stylit II, 1968

200 x 130 cm
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Oil on synthetic on foam
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Acquired in 2012 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert and with support from Michael Hilti, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art, room 21


About the Work

In the 1968 work ‘Stylite II’, the image becomes a three-dimensional object. Painting expands forcefully into the space around it, almost threatening to burst. This major early work by Graubner is one of a group of three shown at documenta 4 in Kassel that year. With its perfectly white surface, it is, for all its tactile quality, a classic expression of ‘Noli me tangere’, touch me not. ‘Stylite II’ is both an autonomous painting and a spatial object belonging to our world. It is at once purist and physical and, through its upright form, provides the viewer with a vis-à-vis.

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