Sale: 529 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 196

 

196
K.R.H. (d.i. Kurt R. Hoffmann) Sonderborg
No 1866, 9.11.64, 23.01, 1964.
Oil on paper, laid on canvas
Estimate:
€ 14,000 / $ 14,000
Sold:
€ 32,500 / $ 32,500

(incl. surcharge)
No 1866, 9.11.64, 23.01. 1964.
Oil on paper, laid on canvas.
Lower left signed and dated. Inscribed "1866" (by hand) in red on the reverse . 107.5 x 70 cm (42.3 x 27.5 in).
Karl Flinker (1923 - 1991) was one of Paris' most important gallerists.
• In this work, K. R. H. Sonderborg adds red to the "non colors" black and white, which prevail in his graphic oeuvre.
• In 1959 and in 1964, Sonderborg took part in documenta II and III, in both 1964 and 1970 he showed works at the Venice Biennale.
• His works count among the most striking examples of German Informalism. Its first owner was the legendary Parisian gallery owner Karl Flinker
.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Flinker
Galerie Nothelfer, Berlin
Private collection Hesse.

LITERATURE: Künstler. Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Munich 1988, edition 4, illu. 14.

K.H.Sonderborg is seen as an artist of abstraction and gestural spontaneity. However, he uses structures and forms in his works that can be clearly ascribed to certain objects. For this purposes he uses both photographs as well as images from publications. In this work it is the golfing equipment of J.F.Kennedy shown in front left, an image that was released in the New York Herald Tibune in 1960/61. Sonderborg had already used this motif in 1961 and revisited it in 1964, perhaps under the impression of Kennedy's assasination in November 1963. The bright left part is contrasted with a menacing black part in right. This fascinating work is a prime example from the series of pictures that go back to President Kennedy's Golf Club in 1962. [EH]



196
K.R.H. (d.i. Kurt R. Hoffmann) Sonderborg
No 1866, 9.11.64, 23.01, 1964.
Oil on paper, laid on canvas
Estimate:
€ 14,000 / $ 14,000
Sold:
€ 32,500 / $ 32,500

(incl. surcharge)