Arnulf Rainer’s Emotional, Avant-Garde Practices
The PSAE #02, ARNULF RAINER - UNFINISHED INTO DEATH, contains a by Arnulf Rainer signed certificate of Authenticity, the 12 photos (paper size 50x40cm) and 1 page text in English and German by Arnulf Rainer.
Series: Personal Structures Art Editions are projects which are documented as special edition artists’ photographs. Each project centralises one artist and emphasises his work. All books in this series will be published by GlobalArtAffairs Foundation, the Netherlands. An excerpt of each project will additionally be published in the ongoing series Personal Structures: Time • Space • Existence
Signature: Contains a by Arnulf Rainer signed certificate of Authenticity
Publisher: Global Art Affairs Foundation and coöperation with the European Cultural Centre
Despite anti-establishment sentiments and intensely unconventional methods, Arnulf Rainer has achieved massive acclaim, his career spanning half a century, with monumental retrospectives and the establishment of a museum dedicated to his work. Almost entirely self-taught, Rainer merged an interest in fantastic Surrealism with the physicality and spontaneity of Art Informel in his early paintings, before moving towards abstraction and more experimental practices. From 1951 to 1954, he produced a series of “Blind Paintings” in which he played off the technique of Automatism by painting blindfolded. Rainer has continually returned to overpainting and reworking, painting over—either partially or completely—paintings by other artists or photographs of figures or nature, often building up heavy impasto. Intensely interested in physical expressions of emotion, Rainer has also painted with his feet and fingers, photographed himself in states of extreme emotion, studied the painting of chimpanzees, and tested the effects of hallucinogenic drugs on his practice.
Austrian, b. 1929, Baden, Austria