- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Hermann Glöckner, German (Dresden, Germany 1889 - 1987 Berlin, Germany)
- Untitled (Incised Plaster)
- Other Titles
- Original Language Title: Ohne Titel [Gipsschnitt]
- Work Type
- Physical Descriptions
- Incised plaster, painted gray and backed with canvas
- 40 × 28.5 × 2 cm (15 3/4 × 11 1/4 × 13/16 in.)
- The artist, by bequest; to Werner Schmidt; Sebastian Schmidt, gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2017.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Sebastian Schmidt
- © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Modern and Contemporary Art
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Label Text: Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55 , written 2018
Unable to sell or exhibit his art under Nazi rule, Glöckner provided a commercial service painting walls and incising text and ornamental designs on the interiors and facades of private and public buildings. The process entailed applying several layers of plaster to a wall
before cutting into the top layer to create a recessed design, a technique known as sgraffito (from the Italian graffiare, “to scratch”), or Gipsschnitt in German. Here, he transfers the techniques of the trade to his artistic practice, yielding five deep incisions in rough plaster.
The use of everyday materials reflects period scarcity and recalls the utopian elemental constructions of Soviet Russian avant-garde sculptors. Glöckner thus declares his ongoing commitment to modernist abstraction while forgoing the more expensive industrial materials used in the sculptures of his West German peers.
- Publication History
Lynette Roth and Ilka Voermann, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 290-292, cat. no. 37.1, ill. (color)
- Exhibition History
Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018
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