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Helmut Schober


International painter and performance artist Helmut Schober has focused for the past forty-plus years on the vortex and its intercultural content. Throughout that time, the vortex has remained a constant in his oeuvre, always supported by his main preoccupations of depicting and making tangible light, time, space, and cosmos. The qualities Schober ascribes to the vortex include, among others, the constant cyclical continuity of life, triggered by the vortex’s continuous rotation, as well as fate and fear. Schober works from the premise that we feel ourselves to be subjected to a power that we cannot influence. Today’s world—with its conflicts, the unfair distribution of property, economic decline, and the resulting fear and unpredictability of the future—emerges powerfully through the metaphor of the vortex.

This volume presents a number of Schober’s works in high-quality reproductions, showing how he has visualized the vortex in numerous illustrations. In this wide range of works from Schober’s career, the vortex draws the viewer into its swirling maelstrom and prompts powerful rushes of emotion.  

160 pages | 100 color plates | 12 1/2 x 12 1/2

Art: Art--General Studies, European Art

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