ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Thomas Lenk

Stratification 134 / Janus
© Thomas Lenk / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Thomas Lenk

Schichtung 134 / Janus / Stratification 134 / Janus, 1996/97

lacquered sheet and cardboard layering white, on the front panels bright orange and back magenta
31,6 × 31,6 × 10 cm

signed and dated on the reverse: Lenk 96/97

(LENKT/W 68)

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The German sculptor Thomas Lenk is, apart from a short period of study at the Stuttgart Art Academy and his subsequent apprenticeship as a stonemason, a self-taught artist. With his reduced-form sculptures, he embarked on an innovative direction in sculpture, which earned him early appreciation in Germany through his invitation to the documenta exhibition in Kassel. His novel approach to sculpture was also appreciated internationally, as can be seen from his participation in the Biennale di Venezia as well as from the positive statement of the then director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Edward F. Fry, on the occasion of the group exhibition "Lenk - Pfahler" in Darmstadt in 1968, when he said that Lenk was the "most independent and important of the German sculptors". Since then, the gallery owner Hans-Jürgen Müller, who was surrounded by other renowned artists such as Erich Hauser, Georg Karl Pfahler, and Lothar Quinte in the avant-garde art center of Stuttgart in the 1960s, felt confirmed in his visionary assessment and promotion of Lenk.

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