- Gallery Text
After World War II, Götz emerged in Germany as a major proponent of abstract painting, known more broadly as art informel. In 1952 he abandoned oil paint for casein (a milk-based paint), which he applied to canvas primed with glue and then quickly manipulated with a blade or hard-edged squeegee. In June 1954/II, dynamic black forms on the white surface, highlighted with touches of blue, complicate the relationship between figure and ground, creating, as one critic called it at the time, “whipped space.” This work is the product of a few concentrated flicks of the wrist and sweeps of the arm, but by the late 1950s Götz’s canvases had grown in size to rival those of his American contemporaries and demanded the movement of the artist’s entire body. Like Jackson Pollock, Götz placed his canvases flat on the floor, but he used an array of long-handled brushes and tools of his own design to create his signature style.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
K.O. Götz, German (Aachen, Germany 1914 - 2017 Niederbreitbach-Wolfenacker, Germany)
- June 1954/II
- Other Titles
- Original Language Title: Juni 1954/II
- Work Type
- Physical Descriptions
- Wallpaper paste and casein paint on canvas
- 70 x 70 cm (27 9/16 x 27 9/16 in.)
framed: 71.4 × 71.4 × 3.2 cm (28 1/8 × 28 1/8 × 1 1/4 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- Signed: l.l., in black paint: K.O. Götz
- inscription: on verso, on canvas in black paint: K.O. Götz//Juni 1954/II//Karin Götz zugeeignet//July 76
- inscription: on verso, on stretcher in black: Eigentum Karin Götz
- label: on verso, on stretcher, on label: Sammlung Karin Götz (Rissa)
- The artist, gift; to a private collection, 1976, gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2012
- State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
- Standard Reference Number
- Ströher 1954-55
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Anonymous gift
- © K.O. Götz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Modern and Contemporary Art
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- Publication History
K.O. Götz, K. O. Götz. Erinnerungen und Werk, Concept Verlag (Düsseldorf, Germany, 1983), Vol. I, p. 681, cat. no. 765, col. ill.
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, ed., K.O. Götz. Monotypien, Gemälde, Gouachen 1935-1983, exh. cat. (Düsseldorf, Germany, 1985), p. 129, cat. no. 50, p. 68, col. ill.
Ina Ströher, K. O. Götz. Werkverzeichnis in zwei Bänden, Wienand Verlag (Cologne, Germany, 2014), p. 171, cat. no. 1954-55, col. ill.
- Exhibition History
K. O. Götz. Monotypien, Gemälde, Gouachen 1935-1983, Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 06/16/1984 - 07/22/1984; Galerie des Saarlandmuseums, 09/07/1984 - 10/07/1984; Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Villa Merkel, 12/14/1984 - 01/27/1985
K. O. Götz, Oberhessisches Landesmuseum im Alten Schloss, 03/13/1985 - 05/12/1985
K. O. Götz, MB Art Galerie Marlies Breitling, 01/01/1987 - 01/01/1987
32Q: 1200 Mid-Century Abstraction I (Painterly Abstraction), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014 - 01/10/2018
Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018
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