Galerie Sylvia Kovacek , Stand n° AM540

Chickens -  Doug Argue

Doug Argue Chickens

Time Out of Mind -  Doug Argue

Doug Argue Time Out of Mind

allure -  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer

Sabine J. Wiedenhofer allure

epic -  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer

Sabine J. Wiedenhofer epic

retro metro nyc -  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer

Sabine J. Wiedenhofer retro metro nyc

retro performance -  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer

Sabine J. Wiedenhofer retro performance

biscayne bay -  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer

Sabine J. Wiedenhofer biscayne bay

The Neighborhood -  Doug Argue

Doug Argue The Neighborhood

TriBeCa 2017 / NYC -  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer

Sabine J. Wiedenhofer TriBeCa 2017 / NYC

Red Shift -  Doug Argue

Doug Argue Red Shift

Strategies -  Doug Argue

Doug Argue Strategies

My Favorite Things -  Doug Argue

Doug Argue My Favorite Things

Jass -  Doug Argue

Doug Argue Jass

red light 2018 -  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer

Sabine J. Wiedenhofer red light 2018

Sundrop - Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Friedensreich Hundertwasser Sundrop

Stories 4 -  Doug Argue

Doug Argue Stories 4

Exhibiting Artists

  • Doug Argue  (+)

    Biography : Born 1962 in St. Paul, MN. Lives and works in New York City. EDUCATION: 1983 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and 1980-82 Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN.

    Exhibition : SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2018 Marc Straus Gallery, New York, New York | 2017 Waterhouse and Dodd, New York, New York | 2015 Scattered Rhymes, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy | Palimpsests, Waterhouse and Dodd, New York, New York | 2014 Doug Argue, Page Turner, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA | 2013 Works on Paper, Edelman Arts, New York, NY | Doug Argue, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia | Doug Argue: The Art of Translation, Edelman Arts, New York, NY | 2012 Catch My Drift, Haunch of Venison Gallery, New York, NY | 2011 The Study of Infinite Possibilities, Edelman Arts, New York, NY | 2005 Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City, MO. 2004 Gallery Co., Minneapolis, MN | 1998 Library of Babel, Associated American Artists, NY | 1997 Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN | 1996 Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Associated American Artists, New York, NY | 1994 What is the Grass, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN | 1987-1990 Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, MN | 1987 Bockley Gallery, New York, NY | 1986 MC Gallery, Minneapolis, MN | 1985 Tally Gallery, Bemidji, MN | 1984 B square One Gallery, Minneapolis, MN | 1983 Bemidji State University Gallery, Bemidji, MN.
    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2018 True Colors, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York | 2017 The White Heat Marc Straus Gallery, New York, New York | 2016 Waterhouse and Dodd, New York, New York | 20|20 Nature Nurture, Bangkok, Thailand | 2015 Waterhouse and Dodd, New York, New York | Monumental, MANA Miami, Miami, FL | 2014 All The Best Artists are My Friends, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ | 2013 Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation | MANA Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ | Contained Conflict, Driscoll Babcock Galleries, NY, NY | 2012 Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation | Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA | Abstraction : What is Real, Edelman Arts, New York, NY | 2010 Tuffatore, GRAM, Grand Rapids, MI.

    Detailed Description : Doug Argue’s paintings are often made with layers of radiant brushwork and scrims of crisp stenciled letters that envelope the entire canvas to suggest the passage of time, light, motion, and how the past informs the present. In technique, his is a dichotomy of precision and painterly gesture. In content, his paintings are cerebral with interweaving narratives and layers of meaning. Argue expresses the flux of life, suggesting the passage of time, and how the past informs the present. The atomized letters, “particulate matter” as Argue calls them, are culled from various texts including writers such as Petrarch, Melville and Rimbaud. They work harmoniously with other visual elements to create the possibility for unlimited patterns and meaning. Argue’s use of letters are usually not meant to be read, rather they often serve a spatial or rhythmic function, like visual musical notes, the way they float, stretch, skew, or dance en masse in swathes across the plane. This interest in literature began early in his career: a well-known 90’s monumental painting with thousands of caged chickens was prompted in part by a short story of Franz Kafka in which a dog contemplates where the we get our food. It is again on view and the centerpiece at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. Unlike much of the process-driven abstract contemporary art, Argue’s work is rooted in ideas and allegories; with every mark Argue is crafting his story. In the end, Argue’s arresting compositions unbind recognizable images and literature to offer a new charged visual language, one that advances a dazzling view of a universe in flux charged with energy and coloratura. His opus is written with a paintbrush.

    Artist's Documents:

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Doug Argue - The Neighborhood The Neighborhood
    •  Doug Argue - Red Shift Red Shift
    •  Doug Argue - Jass Jass
    •  Doug Argue - My Favorite Things My Favorite Things
    •  Doug Argue - Stories 4 Stories 4
    •  Doug Argue - Strategies Strategies
    •  Doug Argue - Time Out of Mind Time Out of Mind
    •  Doug Argue - Chickens Chickens

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  • Sabine J. Wiedenhofer  (+)

    Biography : Born 1974 in Vienna, AUT. Lives and works in Vienna, Murano and New York City.

    Exhibition : BIENNALS: 2017 Glasstress 2017/57th Biennale di Venezia 2017, Palazzo Franchetti, Venice, ITA.
    GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2018 Austrian Fine Art - Fall, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ Summer Group Exhibition, C.A. Contemporary Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, AUT ǀ Summer 2018 & Sabine Wiedenhofer‘s poppy generations, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ Spring Group Exhibition, C.A. Contemporary Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, AUT ǀ Austrian Fine Art - Spring, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2017 Christmas exhibition, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ Fall Group Exhibition, C.A. Contemporary Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, AUT ǀ Opening Exhibition: Kunstsalon Perchtoldsdorf Showroom extended, Kunstsalon Perchtoldsdorf Showroom extended, Perchtoldsdorf, AUT ǀ Summer Group Exhibition, C.A. Contemporary Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, AUT ǀ Sabine Wiedenhofer and contemporaries, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ Austrian Fine Art - Spring, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2016 Austrian Fine Art - Spring, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2015 Christmas exhibition, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2014 Schloss Merkenstein, Glass-Installation, Schloss Merkenstein, Bad Vöslau, AUT ǀ Berengo Studio: a selection, Berengo Fine Arts - Murano, Murano, ITA.
    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2017 Color & light - a love affair, Ritterburg Lockenhaus, Lockenhaus, AUT ǀ 2016 Sabine Wiedenhofer, Gallery Kovacek contemporary, Looshaus, Vienna, AUT ǀ Summer time blues - Gallery Kovacek contemporary, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2015 Sabine Wiedenhofer - Gallery Kovacek contemporary, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2014 Weiss Meets Wiedenhofer - Gallery Kovacek contemporary, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2013 Sabine Wiedenhofer - Gallery Kovacek contemporary, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2012 Sabine Wiedenhofer - Gallery Kovacek contemporary, Galerie Kovacek, Vienna, AUT ǀ 2011 Innocence - charity exhibition for doctors without borders, Roof-Foyer Hofburg Vienna, Vienna, AUT.

    Detailed Description : The art of Sabine Wiedenhofer is the result of uniting manifold visual elements and materials. She works with photography, painting, sculpture, glass and metal intertwining various elements in order to create complex images. Her creativity has developed while extensively experimenting with materials and by observing how they are affected by light, color, dimension and their positions within the overall structure. Her multi-dimensional creations of space, emptiness and light are like instruments on which she plays with the contrast between equilibrium and instability. As of 2009 Wiedenhofer has been developing her Cubes series which represents the various stages and facets of life. Events, twists of fate, times of uncertainty, hope, luck as well as setbacks and ever-lasting love. These building blocks of life are combined in a new element of art, comparable to a mosaic. Wiedenhofer achieves this degree of complexity not by using high-tech equipment but through having numerous stages of planning and with meticulous preparation. The artwork TriBeCa examplifies one of the more lyrical aspects of her art in which the spirit of systematic reflection and poetic emotion merge, as well as the formal play of symmetries with the intention to create an imaginary landscape by means of abstraction.

    Artist's Documents:

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer - TriBeCa 2017 / NYC TriBeCa 2017 / NYC
    •  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer - biscayne bay biscayne bay
    •  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer - red light 2018 red light 2018
    •  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer - retro performance retro performance
    •  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer - retro metro nyc retro metro nyc
    •  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer - epic epic
    •  Sabine J. Wiedenhofer - allure allure

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Other Represented Artists

  • Eduard Angeli  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 21 Sep 2017 – 31 Dec 2017

  • Joannis Avramidis  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 21 Sep 2017 – 31 Dec 2017

  • Franz Grabmayr  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Summer 2018, Gallery Kovacek, 08 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

    Also represented by:

  • Egon Ferdinand Grabner  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Christmas 2015, Gallery Kovacek, 01 December 2015 – 23 December 2015

  • Hans Staudacher  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Summer 2018, Gallery Kovacek, 08 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

  • Wolfgang Hollegha  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Sabine Wiedenhofer and companions, Gallery Kovacek, 17 May 2017 – 31 Aug 2017

  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser  (+)

    Biography : Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in Vienna as Friedrich Stowasser on 15 December 1928. In 1949 he changed his name: He translated the syllable “Sto”, meaning “hundred” in several Slavic languages, and called himself “Hundertwasser” thereafter. In 1961, while in Japan, he also changed his first name so it could be more easily translated into Japanese, naming himself “Friedensreich”. In 1949 Hundertwasser started to travel. His trips to Italy, France and North Africa influenced his development as an artist and he discovered his own completely original style. In 1953 he first used the spiral that was to become the dominant element in his paintings. Hundertwasser described his paintings as “vegetative”; his images evolved slowly and seemed to grow organically. Hundertwasser was innovative in many printing techniques: lithography, screen printing, etching and woodcuts, among others. He was the first European painter whose blocks were carved and works printed by Japanese masters. But above all he created editions of prints in which every single one was unique – as varied as the leaves on a tree. Hundertwasser’s interest in architecture began in the early 1950s and he dedicated himself to promoting buildings more in tune with the needs of people and nature. Architectural projects from the early 1980s onwards gave him the opportunity to realize these ideas. Hundertwasser’s commitment to ecology and the environment was closely related to his philosophy of an architecture in tune with nature. He campaigned for the protection of our natural environment and called for a life in harmony with the laws of nature. Hundertwasser died of a heart attack on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 in the Pacific Ocean on 19 February 2000. He was buried on his land in New Zealand.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 21 Sep 2017 – 31 Dec 2017

    Artist's Objects:

    • Friedensreich Hundertwasser - Sundrop Sundrop

  • Erika Giovanna Klien  (+)

    Biography : Erika Giovanna Klien was born in Borgo di Valsugana in Trentino on 12 April 1900. She studied with Franz Cizek in his class of Ornamental Studies at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) from 1919 to 1924. Encouraged and inspired by her friendship with the Rochowanskis, Klien started working on a “Kinetic Puppet Theatre” in 1923. She also performed as an amateur actress. In 1924–25 she completed her final year with Franz Cizek and graduated as an art teacher. She took on a studio in Purkersdorf and started working as a graphic designer. After a probationary year teaching art at the Elizabeth Duncan School in Klessheim she continued her teaching career from 1926 to 1928. Her son Walter Klien was born in 1928 and was raised by foster parents. In 1929 she moved to New York. She taught at major art schools such as the Stuyvesant School, Dalton School, New School for Social Research and the Spence School up until 1940. She made a living by designing advertisements. In 1934 the artist embarked on her abstract series exploring birds in flight. As the main exponent of Viennese Kineticism, inspired by dance theatre she investigated the human figure in motion all through her life as well as movement in plants and animals. Technology and scenes in subway stations were further subjects that fascinated her in America. She was also a writer on theories about teaching art. Although her work was widely exhibited at international exhibitions, Erika Giovanna Klien died in New York on 19 July 1957, a much-underappreciated artist.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 27 September 2016 – 04 November 2016

  • Gustav Klimt  (+)

    Biography : Gustav Klimt was born on 14 July 1862, the second of eight siblings. At the age of fourteen he enrolled at the Vienna Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts) in the classes of Ferdinand Laufberger and Julius Viktor Berger. In 1879 Gustav, his younger brother Ernst, and Franz Matsch started collaborating and founded the “Künstler-Compagnie” (Artists’ Company). They secured commissions to paint decorative schemes in many theatres. From 1886 to 1888, Gustav Klimt worked on ceiling paintings for the staircases at the Burgtheater in Vienna, followed by paintings adorning the stairway of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in 1890. In 1891 Klimt became a member of the Vienna Künstlerhaus. After the sudden death of his brother Ernst, the Künstler-Compagnie disbanded. In 1897 Klimt was a founding member of the Vienna Secession and its first President. Klimt left the Secession in 1905 forming the so-called “Klimt Group” with Josef Hoffmann, Otto Wagner and Koloman Moser. In the summer of 1908 he contributed to the major “Kunstschau” exhibition, shown in a building designed by Otto Wagner. Work on the Palais Stoclet in Brussels began in 1906 and was completed in 1911. Klimt’s close ties with the Flöge family led to him being invited to join them at the lake Attersee. Klimt regularly spent the summer months there between the years of 1900 and 1917 and it was here that he painted his “Attersee pictures”. Gustav Klimt enjoyed success and financial independence even during his lifetime. In his early career he was awarded public commissions for decorative schemes in some of the prominent buildings on the Ring, works that still reflect the influence of Hans Makart. After 1900 he became a society painter, portraying ladies who were receptive to the new style. Even at that time, he sold his masterpieces to major museums. The artist died in Vienna on 6 February 1918 following complications after a stroke.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Gustav Klimt - Jahrhundertkünstler, Leopold Museum, Vienna, 22.06.2018 - 04.11.2018

  • Kiki Kogelnik  (+)

    Biography : Kiki Kogelnik was born 1935 in Bleiburg, Carinthia. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Albert Paris Gütersloh and Herbert Boeckl. Since the mid-fifties she belonged to the group of avantgardists around Otto Mauer and his gallery St. Stephan. Encouraged by Sam Francis she moved to New York in 1967. Influenced by American pop art and French nouveau réalisme and in close vicinity to the studios of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Claes Oldenburg on Broadway, Kiki Kogelnik could virtually indulge in her blatant enthusiasm for technical progress, aerospace and the commercial world. Her time in New York continuously influenced her imagery and laid the basis for her role as the leading Austrian advocate of Pop Art. In the 1970s, the ironic representation of the woman body became the main focus of her creations. She also staged her own artificial appearance as part of a complex artistic overall strategy that concentrated on the inseparable connection of life and art. In 1994 her work found its widely appreciated expression in the colourful, expressive, luminous glass heads, i.e. the series of “Venetian Heads“, “Little Heads“ and “Balloon Heads“, crafted in Murano. Adriano Berengo initially provided the momentum for Kiki Kogelnik to explore the medium of glass for her iconic heads series and he continued to encourage artists like Sabine Wiedenhofer to translate their art into the three-dimensional language of glass. Therefore, only three years prior to her death in 1997, Kiki created glass objects of a metamorphic fascination, chromatic brightness and inimitable elegance or rather transparence of the form.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Simone Subal Gallery - New York City, USA, 2018

  • Oskar Kokoschka  (+)

    Biography : Oskar Kokoschka was born on 1st March 1886 in Pöchlarn at the river Danube, Lower Austria. Soon after his family moved to Vienna, where he started to study at t he School of Arts and Crafts in 1904. Then in 1907 he became a member of the „Wiener Werkstätte“ until 1909 and was influenced by his professor Carl Otto Czeschka in developing an original style. His friend and mentor was Adolf Loos, through him Oskar Kokoschka got to know Herwarth Walden, his was editor of the magazine “Der Sturm” and founder of the same-named gallery, both was notably important for the spread of expressionism, cubism and futurism. They worked together until 1916. Since 1912 Oskar Kokoschka participated at the "Internationale Kunstausstellung des Sonderbundes" in Köln, but also in Zürich, Budapest, München und Stuttgart. From 1917 to 1923 Kokoschka lived in Dresden. He got a professorship at the Academy in Dresden in 1919 but due to his many travels he was often absent. From 1934 to 1938 Oskar Kokoschka worked in Praque. On 19th July 1937 the exhibition „Entartete Kunst“ was opened in Munich in the art museum „ Haus der Kunst“, there eight of his works were pilloried. In October 1938 Oskar Kokoschka fled of National Socialism to London, where he got member of "Free German League of Culture", the "Freien Deutschen Kulturbund" and the "Free Austrian Movement". In July 1953 the "Internationale Schule des Sehens" was founded in Salzburg. His last residence was in Villeneuve at the Lake Geneva. He died on 22th February 1980.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Oskar Kokoschka - Krieg-Flucht-Frieden, Oskar Kokoschka Haus, Pöchlarn, 18.05 - 30.09.2018

  • Edith Kramer  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 03 March 2018 – 30 April 2018

  • Josef Mikl  (+)

    Biography : Josef Mikl was born on August 8, 1929 in Vienna. He studied as from 1946 at the Graphic Arts Education and Research Institute in Vienna and from 1948 to 1955 at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, at Josef Dobrowsky‘s master class for painting. As from 1951 he was a member of the International Art Club Section Austria, which was disbanded in 1955. In 1956 he founded together with Prachensky, Rainer and Hollegha the group "Galerie St. Stephan", which first time exhibited a year later at the Vienna Secession. Mikl represented Austria in 1968 at the 34th Venice Biennale. The following year he already accepted professorship for painting and from 1972 to 1997 the master class for nature studies (evening nude drawing) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. From 1975 to 1976 Mikl created a large mural in the chapel of the Education Center St. Virgil in Salzburg. From 1983 to 1990 Mikl taught almost every second year the class for painting, nude drawing and sculpture at the Summer Academy in Salzburg. From 1994 to 1997 his biggest public contract, a large ceiling painting and twenty-two murals for the Großer Redoutensaal at Hofburg in Vienna originated. Mikl has been as well a passionate drawer and has designed costumes and sets, as well as stained glass windows, among other things, for the Church of Peace in Hiroshima, Japan in 1960. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, and have been distinguished. In 1990 he received the Austrian Medal for Science and Art, 2004 he was awarded with the large gold medal for services to the Republic of Austria, as well as the ring of honor of the City of Vienna. Josef Mikl died in 2008 in Vienna.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Summer 2018, Gallery Kovacek, 08 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

  • Kurt Moldovan  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 06 March 2017 – 30 June 2017

  • Hermann Nitsch  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 26 September 2014 – 31 December 2014

  • Josef Pillhofer  (+)

    Biography : Josef Pillhofer was born in Vienna in 1921. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and attended from 1946 to 1953 the class of famous sculptor Fritz Wotruba. 1950 he went to Paris to study under Ossip Zadkine at the Académie de la Grand Chaumiére. There he was influenced by the Cubism and by the artists Constantin Brancusi and Henri Laurens. He became professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and taught at several Universities in Austria. Pillhofer’s work is affected by reduction and block-shaped Design. But the artist also had creative periods in which he came closer to nature. Josef Pillhofer lived in Vienna where he died in July 2010. Amongst others his work was shown in exhibitions in Paris and Venice. His work was purchased by international museums such as in New York, Tokyo, Montreal, Assuan.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Summer 2018, Gallery Kovacek, 08 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

  • Markus Prachensky  (+)

    Biography : Markus Prachensky was born in Innsbruck on 21st March, 1932. In 1952 he began to study architecture under Lois Welzenbacher at the Art Academy in Vienna, at the same time, Prachensky studied painting from 1953 on. Together with Wolfgang Hollegha, Josef Mikl and Arnulf Rainer, Prachensky was a co-founder of the gallery „St. Stephan“ in 1956, whose principal patron was Monsignore Otto Mauer. By 1957 the group was introduced to the public at a large-scale Viennese Secession exhibition and Prachensky became a member of the Secession. Whereas Prachensky's early work follows stringently geometric composition, from the 1960s Prachensky developed an inimitable tachist handling with leanings towards international Informel. He got significantly influenced by long stays in Paris, Berlin, New York or Los Angeles. Until the mid-1970s Prachensky's painting concentrated on reds but impressions gleaned in Italy enlarged his palette to include black and yellows. Prachensky applied paint in a spontaneous and seemingly uncontrolled manner with a broad brush onto the image carries and intuitively created a harmonious and expressive composition. Markus Prachensky is one of the most important exponents of Informel in Austria. Starting in 1975 Prachensky traveled extensively over long periods in Mediterranean countries, visiting Italian archaeological sites, which he has found a source of inspiration. Mediterranean landscapes, the colors and forms of Italy, were at the core of the sequences Markus Prachensky painted during the 1980s and 1990s. From 1983 until 2000 Prachensky taught and directed the master classes for painting at the Viennese Academy of Art. In 1992 Markus Prachensky was awarded the Medal of Honor in Gold of the City of Vienna and in 2003 he received the Prize of the City of Vienna for the Visual Arts. Finally Markus Prachensky died in Vienna in July 2011.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Summer 2018, Gallery Kovacek, 08 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

  • Karl Prantl  (+)

    Biography : Karl Prantl, born on 5th November 1923 in Pöttsching in Burgenland, was an Austrian sculptor. He studied from 1946 tot 1952 with the painter Albert Paris Gütersloh at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Vienna. As the stone sculptor he became he was an autodidact. Landscape and boundary lines are central themes in the development of Karl Prantl’s work. All his life he has striven to break down barriers between different cultures and countries. This was particularly true during the fifties and early sixties when Prantl made contact with artists working in Eastern bloc countries, and established a series of stone carving symposia. This culminated in the development of the St Margarethen stone quarry Workshop in eastern Austria, which was the first International Sculpture Symposium and acted as a catalyst for the organisation of many more symposia, often in troubled areas such as Berlin and the Israeli desert. Prantl was invited to exhibit work in the Austrian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 1986. Prantl died of a stroke at his home on 8th October 2010.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Summer 2018, Gallery Kovacek, 08 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

  • Arnulf Rainer  (+)

    Biography : Arnulf Rainer, born in 1929 in Baden, is the founder of Art Informel in Austria. Arnulf Rainer attended the vocational school (building and architecture) in Villach in 1947. After Rainer left the Villach vocational school in 1949, he applied to Vienna Academy of Applied Arts and then Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna but left both after just one day. In 1950 he founded his own group called the ‘Hundsgruppe’ (Dog Pack) along with Ernst Fuchs, Anton Lehmden, Arik Brauer, Wolfgang Hollegha and Josef Mikl. After renunciation of fantastic surrealism in 1951, he started in 1954 with overpaintings. Then in 1955 the group „St. Stephan“ was formed, together with Josef Mikl, Wolfgang Hollegha, Markus Prachensky. On 17th September 1959 Arnulf Rainer, together with Ernst Fuchs and Friedensreich Hundertwasser, founded the ‘Pintorarium’, as a ‘creatorium for the incineration of the Academy’. The Pintorarium remained in existence until 1968. In 1971 the first large retrospective was held in the Kunstverein Hamburg thereafter he took part at the Biennale in Sâo Paulo and 1972 at the documenta V in Kassel. In 1978 he represented Austria at the Biennale in Venice and was awarded the Grand Austrian State Prize in the same year. He also began work on ‘gestural hand paintings’ and later ‘finger and foot paintings’. In 1981, Arnulf Rainer became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and was made a fellow of the Berlin Academy of Arts. Several large retrospectives show Arnulf Rainer's growing international importance, including 1984 at the Musée National d’Art moderne /Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, 1989 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. In September 2009 the Arnulf Rainer Museum in Frauenbad in Baden near Vienna opened.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Inside Out - Fotografie und Psychologie, Art Foyer der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Francfort-sur-le-Main, 2018

  • Hubert Scheibl  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 22. September - 31. Decemeber 2018

  • Egon Schiele  (+)

    Biography : Egon Schiele was born in Tulln on 12 June 1890. When his father died in 1905, Egon’s uncle Leopold Czihazek became his guardian. Schiele had a strong artistic calling early on and abandoned secondary school, entering the class of Christian Griepenkerl at the Academy in 1906. Schiele was at complete odds with his extremely reactionary teacher and sought out his role model Gustav Klimt. Schiele first gained a foothold in the art world when he exhibited at the International Kunstschau of 1909. Disillusioned with the Academy, he left and founded the “Neukunstgruppe” (New Art Group) with Anton Faistauer and Franz Wiegele, among others. The group presented their work at Salon Pisko. In 1911 Schiele turned his back on begrudging Vienna and moved to a studio in Krumau (Český Krumlov) with his model Wally Neuziel. This prolific phase in his work came to an abrupt end as a result of local protests about his nudes showing young girls. In April 1912, in Neulengbach, the authorities took Schiele into custody and he was charged with three days’ imprisonment for his careless presentation of nude drawings in the presence of minors. Yet Schiele’s fame was spreading. However the artist’s precarious financial situation did not improve until Gustav Klimt introduced him to the Lederer family, who were major collectors. In 1914 he contributed to many exhibitions, not only in Germany but also in Rome, Paris and Brussels. In 1915 Schiele married Edith Harms and had to report for military service just a few days thereafter. A few months later he was transferred to an office job, giving him the chance to resume his art. In the spring of 1918 Egon Schiele and the Neukunstgruppe exhibited at the Vienna Secession with Schiele’s works showcased in the main room. Just half a year after his first major artistic and financial success, Egon Schiele died of the Spanish flu on 31 October 1918. His wife Edith had succumbed to the same disease only three days earlier.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Egon Schiele - Die Jubiläumsschau, Leopold Museum, Vienna, 23.02.2018 - 04.11.2018

  • Karl Stark  (+)

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Austrian Fine Art until 1800, Gallery Kovacek, 21 Sep 2017 – 31 Dec 2017

  • Max Weiler  (+)

    Biography : Max Weiler was born in Hall in Tirol in 1910. He studied painting from 1930 to 1937 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Karl Sterrer and was himself appointed director of the master-class for painting there in 1964. Alongside his canvasses, he created a significant series of both ecclesiastical and secular murals, together with mosaics, glass paintings and ceramic murals. Weiler‘s pictorial language, which initially was still naturalistic, quickly developed into a characteristic version of lyrical abstraction. Numerous public commissions, international exhibitions and awards reflect his pre-eminence as an artist. He died in 2001 in Vienna.

    Exhibition : last exhibition: Summer 2018, Gallery Kovacek: 08 May 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

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