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The Passing of Polymath-Neo-Expressionist Per Kirkeby at 79

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    (Title:Brett Felsen – painting by Per Kirkeby)

  • Painting is the real reality behind the so-called reality of our everyday experience. We only see it in glimpses.
    – Per Kirkeby

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    Per Kirkeby dies at 79.

    Artforum obit described Kirkeby as a romantic painter.

    “Kirkeby is a romantic painter, but he has ‘described’ the mysticism of the landscape, focusing on the tension between pattern or structure and seemingly structureless fluidity,” Donald Kuspit wrote in the March 2002 issue of Artforum.

  • Documentary on Per Kirkeby – Danish film The Man Falling .

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    (Brick Sculpture installation)
    Palais de Beaux arts Kopenhagen

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    Dark Thought
    Crown Point Press

    Brooklynrail –Perk Kirkeby- Serial Thinking

    Wiki

    Artnet

    Per Kirkeby is a Danish artist whose interest in geology and natural environments has exerted great influence over his paintings and brick sculptures. Entrenched in the conceptual understanding of a structure, Kirkeby works within parameters to contain the urgency of abstract mark making. “A structure-less painting is, to me, a painting that does not matter. Structure mirrors your degree of responsibility toward the work,” he said of making art. “You can’t just let it float around in pretty colors. It needs a kind of core. But this is an inner structure.” Born on September 1, 1938 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Kirkeby studied geology at the University of Copenhagen, but continued to pursue his art practice, producing paintings, sculpture, films, and prints. During the 1960s, Kireby’s performance art led him to collaborations with Conceptual artists, including Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, and Charlotte Moorman. Sadly, in 2013 Kirkeby suffered a serious brain injury in a fall, and has since been unable to paint.

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