Private View: Saturday 5 November 2011, 12-4 pm
Exhibition dates: 8 November – 17 December, 2011
Maria Stenfors is proud to announce the exhibition of paintings by the significant German artist Georg Karl Pfahler (1926 – 2002).
Educated in Nuremberg and Stuttgart Art Academies 1948 – 1954 and during his studies mainly working in ceramics, Pfahler started focusing on painting as a young artist. Exploring the spatial effects of color and experimenting with different techniques such as ink drawing and collages as well as being inspired by different art movements such as Action Painting and Art informel. In the following years, the painted forms were simplified even furtherr and ultimately became mere vehicles for colors and their interrelations. In about 1962 block-like forms turned into crisply demarcated color surfaces, which elevate Pfahler to being the sole representative of “Hard-Edge Painting” in Germany. As a logical follow on to his paintings he started translating the paintings into sculptures by the mid and late 1960-ties. Pfahler’s international recognition was established through exhibitions such as “Signale” 1965 Basel Switzerland, “Formen der Farbe” 1967 Amsterdam Stuttgart Bern, “Painting and Sculpture from Europe” 1968 New York USA, Venice Biennale 1970 and Sao Paulo Biennale 1981.
This exhibition consists of six large canvas works dating from 1964 to 1989. The composition of almost every painting follows the same kind of structure: two interleaving frames, parallel to each other, clasp around a rectangular panel. This area is divided in small geometric pieces and displays the only part of the painting which is mutuable. Amongst these paintings from the established part of his career is one notable work “Warschau-Zyklus Nr. 1 BB (12), 1964-1971”. The Warschau-Zyklus, which was produced by Pfahler for the ‘Deutscher Biennale Beitrag’ exhibition in Warsaw 1971. It was already prepared in 1964/65 and drafted on silk screens in 1965. With the painting’s title Pfahler indicated that he not only drew his inspiration from the American movements but was also looking beyond that and towards what was happening in the east of Europe at the time.