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The Form of Ideas: Conceptual Art from A Distinguished California Collection




each signed with the artist’s initials and dated 72 on the reverse​

graphite on paper, in 4 parts

Each sheet: 11¾ by 8¼ in. ​ (31.7 by 21 cm.)

Each framed: 20⅛ by 16½ in. ​ (51 by 42 cm.)

This work is in excellent condition overall. Each sheet is hinged on the reverse to the backing board. There is a slight undulation to each sheet and notebook punctures along the left side of each due to the artist's chosen medium. Each framed under Plexiglas.

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Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco

Acquired from the above by the present owner in April 1988

Having studied under Joseph Beuys in the 1960s at the famed Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf, Knoebel drew inspiration from Kazimir Malevich to make black and white canvases on which vertical painted lines divided up the pictorial space. From this time, the artist began working with industrial materials, such as plywood and fiberboard, thereby dematerializing painting and at the same time fulfilling Beuys' ideal of bringing art closer to life.