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Herbert Zangs was a German artist, best known for his handmade monochromatic works which demonstrated his commitment to an improvised, informal artistic process. Born on March 27, 1924 in Krefeld, Germany, he went on to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf in the fall of 1945, just months after the end of World War II, and befriended fellow student Joseph Beuys. The tenuous climate in Germany in the post-war months would greatly impact Zangs’ aesthetic. Zangs developed a reputation as an “enfant terrible” in the German art world much like his friend Beuys, and is considered a part of the Art Informel movement in his rejection of geometric abstraction for a more intuitive approach to art-making. 

The mathematical symbols “x”, “+”, “–“and “=”, first appeared in the early 1950s and remained a key aspect of his practice. The symbols function as a geometric and aesthetic repertoire of forms and appear throughout his oeuvre. The mathematical signs signify order and logic – a paradoxical element of his practice given the artist’s own nonconformist reputation and instincts.

Signed, accompagnied by original invoice, galerie Renate Olbrich, 1974, Krefeld.

H34,5 W52.5cm 

Price on request

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