November 30, 2011

Wolfgang Laib

Blütenstaub von Haselnuss (2010)

pine, hazelnut, buttercup and dandelion pollen

Wall (1990 - 1991)
beeswax and wood

Rice House (1990)
white marble and rice

Nowhere-Everywhere (1998)
beeswax and wooden construction

The Five Mountains Not to Climb On (1984)

Hazelnut pollen

Wolfgang Laib was born on 25 March 1950 in Metzingen, Germany. He began to study medicine in 1968 at the University of T�bingen and became a doctor in 1974. Since then he has worked exclusively as an artist. Wolfgang Laib use natural matericals because of his belief in the close connection between naturea nad the sacred.Wolfgang Laib lives and works in Germany. Ritual plays a central role in all of Laib's highly reductive art. He lives in a remote region of Germany's Black Forest, communing with the natural world outside his house as a painter would work in his or her studio. During the spring and summer months he collects pollen, including dandelion, hazelnut, pine, buttercup, and moss varieties, from the fields surrounding his home. Laib's work has been exhibited extensively, beginning in 1982 with his participation in documenta 7, Kassel, Germany; in 1986 his first official solo exhibition was held in the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, France.

Sean Kelly Gallery
Themes of contemorary Art

Sperone Westwater

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