March 30, 2012

franz gertsch: paintings and woodcuts 1983 - 2011

excerpts from franz gertsch - seasons at kunsthaus zürich 2011

gräser:

gräser I 1995-96
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gräser II 1996-97
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gräser III 1997
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four seasons:

autumn 2008
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winter 2009
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summer 2009
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spring 2011
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woodcuts:

gräser ‘ausblick’, 2007
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pestwurz ‘ausblick’, 2005
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born in berne in 1930, franz gertsch has been producing paintings and woodcuts for five decades, with little time for the fashions of salons and biennales. from time to time, his path has briefly coincided with those of the trendsetters (documenta v, 1972), but thereafter he has seemed to go his own way once again. as far as his art is concerned, such encounters are of no importance. whether he is in the spotlight and receiving plaudits or working away in isolation in his studio in the alpine foothills, gertsch’s painting is self-generating. unlike his celebrated german counterparts he has never flirted with metapainting. his pictures do not speak of their relationship to other pictures; they do not lament the passing of real painting or consign it to the distant future.
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all works © 2011 franz gertsch
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