ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Karl Fred Dahmen

Malibu
© Karl Fred Dahmen / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Karl Fred Dahmen

Malibu, 1980

Mixed media on canvas
85 × 115 cm

signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse: "'Malibu' K.F. Dahmen 1980".
(DAHMEK/M 23)

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Literature: Thomas Weber / Volker Dahmen (eds.), K. F. Dahmen. Werkverzeichnis Band II. 1966-1981, Cologne 2003, 442-443, No. 030.80

After Karl Fred Dahmen had increasingly turned to painting again in the 1970s - the object boxes and shrines seemed to viewers to be less painterly, contrary to Dahmen's own perception - , he was only concerned with an expansion of his private-mythical-nature-emphasized oeuvre with other means. The works resemble sgraffiti, layers of plaster on walls processed by scratch marks. In the painting "Malibu", which is kept almost monochrome besides sparse splashes of red paint, traces appear that are partly scribbles and partly almost scriptural, far from giving the title a real presence. In fact, Dahmen spent several weeks traveling through the U.S., particularly California, in 1980, which is reflected in the present title or works such as "California Sound." During this trip, his health deteriorated dramatically, and it will be no coincidence that he called some of his last works in the style of this Malibu work "furrow paintings" to indicate the vulnerability of the painterly surface.
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