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Gerhard Hoehme Biography

Gerhard Hoehme made a decisive contribution to international art in the second half of the 20th century with his pictorial and sculptural works as well as his drawings and installations, which can often only first be understood by considering their fascinating materiality.

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In his open, multi-layered work, he has constantly questioned and expanded the boundaries of the image and pictorial space. From the very beginning, the painter sought a dialogue with the viewer, regardless of how the work materialised. The subtle connections between things or relations–the title of his manifesto from 1968–are key terms in the artist's understanding.

After moving from the GDR to West germany in 1951, the artist worked as a professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1961–1984. Hoehme, whose interest in sociological and art-political topics also manifested itself in numerous texts, was able to pass on many of these stimulating issues to his students and was one of the influential teachers of the Düsseldorf Academy.

Already during his residency at the Villa Massimo in Rome (1960), the artist–who was originally trained in book and type design–had begun collaging newspaper clippings, letter, and typefaces, thus directly integrating multiple, overlapping fragments into his images. In 1964 Hoehme opened himself to the fascinating materiality of his (everyday) surroundings, with what one could describe as a liberated gaze: he experimented with 'banal' industrial materials foreign to art, used mirrors, rags, and aluminium bronze, turned pattern sheets, wooden slats, plastic foils, and damask tablecloths into backgrounds for his paintings. (cited from Susanne Rennert, Gerhard Hoehme, Relations, Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag 2016).

Gerhard Hoehme, whose work is characterised by a conceptual density and constant development through experimentation, interpreted the 'image' or the 'object' as an open, energetic field that expands into the environment, into three-dimensional space, and not least penetrates into the observer's world of experience, where it lives in on in their thoughts.

Text courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art.

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untitled by Gerhard Hoehme contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Gerhard Hoehme untitled, 1966 Watercolour and pencil on firm velin
57.2 x 38.7 cm
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kabbalistisches Ei by Gerhard Hoehme contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Gerhard Hoehme kabbalistisches Ei, 1964 Acrylic and oil crayon on canvas
100 x 80 cm
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blindlings versiegelt by Gerhard Hoehme contemporary artwork painting
Gerhard Hoehme blindlings versiegelt, 1961 Oil and mull on canvas
100 x 80 cm
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Wirrator by Gerhard Hoehme contemporary artwork works on paper
Gerhard Hoehme Wirrator, 1981 Mixed media on paper vellum
70 x 49.8 cm
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wo-rri by Gerhard Hoehme contemporary artwork works on paper
Gerhard Hoehme wo-rri, 1973 Mixed media, graph and tracing paper collage on paper vellum
66.1 x 48.4 cm
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heroischer Mediator by Gerhard Hoehme contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Gerhard Hoehme heroischer Mediator, 1968 Watercolour on laid paper, mounted on cardboard by the artist
65.1 x 50.3 cm
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Trübt sich dein Lebenslauf by Gerhard Hoehme contemporary artwork mixed media
Gerhard Hoehme Trübt sich dein Lebenslauf, 1976 Mixed media, collage, textile on canvas
120 x 80 cm
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Fensterbild (Stained Glass) by Gerhard Hoehme contemporary artwork works on paper
Gerhard Hoehme Fensterbild (Stained Glass), 1964 Collage with opaque white on firm, grey board and watercolour on yellowish cardboard
65 x 34 cm
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