Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Franz-W. Kaiser. Text by Klaus Ottmann, Rudi Fuchs. Interviews by Michel Ragon.
Published to accompany a major retrospective exhibition and including 67 paintings, 12 sculptures and more than 60 drawings, Karel Appel: Retrospective demonstrates that Dutch artist Karel Appel (1921–2006) was much more than just a member of the avant-garde Cobra group, and more than the flamboyant personal image he cultivated. “I’m tackling two clichés,” Franz Kaiser, the exhibition’s curator, told The New York Times. “One is that Appel was always identified with Cobra and the other one is that Karel was ‘just messing around.’” Appel had a long and varied career before and after Cobra; the artist worked steadily until his death in 2006. Taking stock of Appel’s entire oeuvre, this volume explores the artist’s early interest in outsider art, his wide-ranging stylistic experiments and his highly individual interpretations of traditional genres such as the nude, the portrait and the landscape.
Published by Artimo/Meulensteen Art Museum. Edited by Gerard Meulensteen, Vincent Polakovic and Gabrielle Wimmer. Essays by Rudi Fuchs, Lodovit Petrnsky and Florian Steininger.
No discussion of postwar Dutch art--or postwar European art--is complete without mentioning Karel Appel, whom many consider Holland's most important painter. Appel attended the Academy of Arts in Amsterdam from 1940 to 1943, and then bided his time painting landscapes and portraits in an era when artists were forbidden to buy materials or exhibit unless they joined the German "Chamber of Culture." After the liberation, as reproductions of works by Picasso and others began to find their way to Holland, Appel rebelled against his studio training, founded several avant garde groups (including Cobra), and then moved to Paris. Years of travel and experimentation with subjects, colors and materials, left him with a close relationship to the American art community and studios all over the world. Appel is a sculptor and a ceramist, too, but he is above all an expressionist, a man of passion led by spontaneity, who has conversely made a lasting mark.
PUBLISHER Artimo/Meulensteen Art Museum
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 12.75 in. / 144 pgs / 105 color / 15 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2006 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2006 p. 97
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788089025176TRADE List Price: $60.00 CDN $70.00
Published by nai010 publishers/Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Essays by Jean Fremon, Rudi Fuchs and Johannes Gachnang.
The Dutch born artist Karel Appel was unquestionably one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, helping to define one of its chief features: "If I paint like a barbarian, it's because we live in a barbarous age," he once famously declared. This catalogue of an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum shows that he was still going strong in the last decade of his life, presenting a selection of the artist's paintings, sculptures and works on paper from his final phase.