- Michael Krebber
- signed and dated 99 on the overlap
- acrylic on canvas
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Herein, it is impossible to fully understand Krebber’s practice without considering the context out of which his work developed. Under the spell of institutional critique, the late 1980s witnessed the eschewal of traditional media in favour of transmitting political messages through site-specific collaborative projects. For Krebber, who was fervently tied to the painterly avant-garde, his decision to pursue the same rigorous self-critique that shaped the post-painterly approach of his contemporaries through painting was radical. His canvases, therefore, push painting to the very limits. The furtive, brisk lines and bare white ground that comprise Untitled suggest that the artist’s real energies are found in the self-consciousness that binds image and gesture to wider meanings and context. Sharp and astute, Untitled provides remarkable insight into the mind of one of the great post-war German painters.