A Brief History of Flowers in Western Art
Basel, Galerie Buchmann
Solid Beeswax slab. Issued in original cardboard box, lid printed with photograph of one of many of Laib's beeswax slabs. Artist’s multiple, published in an edition of 40 copies, signed, numbered and dated in pencil by Wolfgang Laib on the bottom of cardboard box.
Laib began working in beeswax in 1988 and has used removable wax plates to create wax rooms for exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Wolfgang Laib is an installation artist whose practice is inextricable from his mythically modest and hermetic lifestyle. A former doctor, Laib is a student of Eastern and pre-Modern religions, like Buddhism, Jainism, and Medieval Christianity. This deeply influenced his perspective on nature, in particular his belief that one can only communicate with nature in solitude. Most of Laib’s works are composed of one or two materials, which he has gathered in raw form, such as milk, marble, rice, beeswax, and pollen. In fact, Laib spends the spring and summer months of each year gathering pollen from the meadows around his rural residence in southern Germany; he recently installed a large-scale pollen work at the MoMA in New York, titled Pollen from Hazelnut. “Pollen is the potential beginning of the life of the plant,” he says of his favored medium. “It is as simple, as beautiful, and as complex as this.”
German, b. 1950, Metzingen, Germany