Julije Knifer, ‘Meander’, Raphael Levy

Meander
19-20 XI 77 ZG
27,28 – 30, 31 V.78 ZG
Graphite on paper, signed in pencil bottom left, date and location on bottom right.
This work has been executed in Zagreb in 6 days, 2 days in November 1977, and 4 days in May 1978
49 x 35 cm

Signature: Signed in pencil bottom left, date and location on bottom right.

About Julije Knifer

Julije Knifer, among Croatia’s most prominent artists, who represented his country in the 2001 Venice Biennale, spent a lifetime paring painting down to its essence. He claimed to pursue the “escalation of uniformity and monotony” in his paintings, drawings, and outdoor murals, focusing on one endlessly variable geometric form, which he called “the meander.” A maze-like shape of horizontal and vertical switchbacks, almost always rendered in black and white, this motif was the vehicle through which he explored time and rhythm, and revealed the inevitable differences in any act of repetition. He found the framework for his approach in the music of Igor Stravinsky and the work of Kazimir Malevich and his avant-garde contemporaries, with whom he founded the Gorgona Group. Knifer considered each of his compositions as part of a continuum, one which laid the ground for Western conceptual art.

Croatian, 1924-2004, Osijek, Croatia

Solo Shows

2015
galerie frank elbaz, 
Paris,
2013
galerie frank elbaz, 
Paris,
Art Basel

Group Shows

2008
Art Paris, 
Paris,
françois morellet – aurelie nemours - julije knifer – norman dilworth - walter leblanc – vera molnar - marie-thérèse vacossin
2004
Fondation pour l'art contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, 
Alex, France,
Vera Molnar et Julije Knifer. Lignes et méandres
2002
FIAC, 
Paris, France,
One-Man-Show - Stand Oniris
1995
Rennes, France,
211
1976
Venice Biennale, 
Venice, Italy,
Palais de la Yougoslavie
1973
The National museum of Art, 
Tokyo, Japan,
Contemporary Yugoslav Art
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