Posts Tagged ‘Dusseldorf’

Artist of the moment…………Jorg Immendorff


Jorg Immendorff was a fantastic painter and sculptor  born in Bleckede, Lower Saxony, Germany in the year 1945. Immendorf was perhaps better known for his left wing political ideas than for his Surrealist paintings.

Immendorf attended the Academy of Art located in Dusseldorft, Germany and also with Joseph Bueys.

Immendorf studied with a theater set designer named Teo Otto. Immendorf designed many stage sets over his lengthy career.

The artist would go back to teach at the Academy of Art as a professor.

In the early 2000s Immendorf with several prostitutes and cocaine. In Germany small amounts are okay for personal use but he surpassed this amount. He was put on probation and given a large fine.

In this clip from 1987 we visit the studio of Jorg Immendorff:

Jorg Immendorf developed A.L.S. otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This disease came to the forefront of the media earlier this year with many celebrities and C.E.O.s including Bill Gates taking the ice bucket challenge. Immendorf passed away in 2007 at the age of 61 years of age.

The disease forced him to paint with his right hand after being a lefty. Eventually he was wheelchair bound and unable to paint.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to $300,000.

What an extraordinary painter and in incredible life. Another American painter who died from A.L.S. was the American artist Wilson Hurley renown for his paintings of the American West.

To close we look at many paintings by Jorg Immendorff:


Artist of the moment…..Imi Knoebel

Imi Knoebel was born in Dessau, Germany in the year 1940. Knoebel is renowned for his work in a minimalist style that also has an emphasis of color and space. His early works were in black and white, but since adding color the artist has become one of my favorite contemporary artists.

Knoebel attended the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf where he studied under Joseph Beuys.

Here we visit a show at the Mary Boone Gallery that took place in 2009:

In this clip we view an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art featuring the work of Imi Knoebel:

The work of Imi Knoebel reminds me a great deal of artist’s Karl Benjamin or Ellsworth Kelly, both already profiled here.

The artist is based out of Dusseldorf, Germany.

price range information: Knoebel is a prolific printmaker with prices starting at$8,000 up to $150,000. He employs mixed media and uses acrylic paint on most works.


Artist of the moment………Photographer Andreas Gefeller

Andreas Gefeller is a photographer based out of Dusseldorf, Germany. Andreas Gefeller was born in the year 1970 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The artist has produced many well received series including a series on plants and Japan. Gefeller is unique in that he shoots from directly overhead. Another acclaimed series was done on the Art studios at the Academy of Art Dusseldorf. For the Japan series Gefeller focused on the abstract patterns that digital communication wires and poles create.

In this clip an interview with Andreas Gefeller talking about his Japan series:

Gefeller attended the University of Essen, Germany.

Gefeller is a member of the German Academy of Photography.

price range information: Sorry none available.

I love the abstracted shapes that this artist is able to find, especially with plants and trees.


Artist of the moment…….Caesar Bimmermann

Caesar Bimmermann was a wonderful painter of the landscape in a realist manner. Caesar Bimmermann was born in the year 1821 in Germany. Bimmermann was a wonderful painter of snow covered scenes that included groupings of trees and animals. Many works include groupings of trees mixed with groupings of wildlife. These two elements are used to create a remarkable sense of depth and atmosphere.

For much of his career Bimmermann was based out of Dusseldorf, Germany.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $20,000. Bimmermann painted mainly in oils.

Caesar Bimmermann passed away in 1890.

When its snowy outside I love to enjoy artists who are great at painting snow. Some other artists to check would be Len Chmiel, Richard Schmid, Andy Wyeth, and anyone from the Wiggins family!


Artist of the moment…..photographer Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth was born in Geldern, Lower Rhein, Germany in the year 1954.  For his artistic education Struth studied with the husband and wife team Bernd and Hilda Becher at the Dusseldorf Academy of Art. Some subjects the artist has explored include portraits, interior design and decoration. Struth was also very interested in architecture and also did a large body of work showcasing the fronts of buildings.

Other popular series include skyscrapers and cityscape.

In this clip a retrospective of Thomas Struth’s career:

Thomas Struth has received commissions from the King and Queen of England.

Struth has exhibited at the Tate Liverpool and was also included in a Venice Biennale.

Struth divides his time amongst Berlin and New York City.

The artist is married to an author named Tara Bray Smith.

In this clip a brief interview with Thomas Struth:

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $100,000 for the most part. At auction a work has broken the one million dollar barrier.

The Becher family were great teachers!


Artist of the moment…..The Becher family

Bernd Becher and his wife Hilla were born in Germany . Bernd was born in 1931 in Siegen District, Germany. He attended the Academy of Art located in Stuttgart and Dusseldorf, Germany. The artist studied lithography, typography, and painting.

Hilla was born in Berlin, Germany. As you can tell by the gallery both are interested in architecture and photographing large shaped items such as a coal bunker, water tower, or styrofoam plant.

The couple started collaborating on works beginning in 1959. Subjects were large industrial plants, sometimes on the verge of disappearing forever.

The couple taught photography and had many students who went on to become famous photographers. Some names include Andrea Gursky, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth.

Included in shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium.

Brend Becher passed away in 2007 at the age of 76 years of age.

Hilla Becher still lives and works out of Dusseldorf, Germany.

Price range information: Prints and originals range $1,000 to $300,000.

Below an excerpt from a documentary made about   the couple.

Another short interview with the couple.

Although the audio portion of this clip is removed, its a great montage of works by the couple.