Exhibition: Peter Angermann
German artist Peter Angermann, born in 1945, studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg from 1966 to 1968. Subsequently, in 1972 he transferred to the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf apprenticed to Joseph Beuys. Together with fellow artists, he founded the groups YIUP (1969) and NORMAL (1979). In 1981, Angermann received the ‘Lisa and David Lauber Preis’ for painting and in 2016 he was awarded the ‘Großer Preis’ of the City of Nuremberg.
Angermann's activities also include teaching at renowned art schools. In 1986 he worked as visiting lecturer at the Art Academy in Reykjavík, from 1992 to 1993 he was visiting pro-fessor of painting at the University of Kassel and from 1996 to 2002 professor of painting at the Städelschule in Frankfurt (Main). From 2002 to 2010 he taught as a professor of paint-ing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg.
Angermann's diverse work is part of numerous public collections and displayed in interna-tional solo and group exhibitions and public spaces.
The artist lives and works in Thurndorf and Nuremberg in Germany.
After completing his studies with Joseph Beuys in 1972, Peter Angermann decisively turned away from conceptual art. He returned to an objective painting, which is characterized by its intense colors and great lightness. At the same time, Angermann remains unadapted and devoted to an anti-avant-garde and non-literary understanding of art that originated in the period after his studies. From the 1960s onwards, together with fellow artist he devel-oped his own special visual language.
Angermann's independent understanding of style and content cannot be attributed to any previous or contemporary art movement, but it does show tendencies towards neo-expressionism. In the 1960s artists turned away from the popular non-objective, abstract art through this art style.
The freedom in Angermann's works and the impossibility of any categorization have ena-bled the artist to open up impressive worlds of images without regard to norms or general sense of style. This would not have been possible to achieve without his independence and is one of the inimitableness of Angermann’s oeuvre.
Angermann uses seemingly simple, infantile or even tawdry image content to address so-cio-critical topics without having to use common, mostly shocking forms of expression. Thereby he creates opposites and discusses these topics with the necessary distance and certainly with a unique humor as well.
In 1986, Angermann discovered plein air painting, outdoor painting, a genre that was frowned upon at the time. In his idyllic landscape paintings created en plein air, Anger-mann transports the pure joy of nature in stylized motifs and heightened colors.
In his works the artist manages to elicit joy and thoughtfulness at the same time. The com-bination of his two main subjects - thematic works and idyllic landscapes - makes Anger-mann’s oeuvre unique nowadays.