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Helmut Sturm

Subverting the Real

One of the most important witnesses to the heyday of abstract-expressive painting in Germany, Helmut Sturm (1932–2008) was the initiator of the SPUR artists’ group in the 1950s and 1960s and was at one time closely associated with the Situationist International movement. His paintings are known for their free association of representational and abstract elements, their energy of disorder, and their delight in chance. Helmut Sturm’s paintings radiate powerful colors and forms, yet are at the same time both lyrically tender and poetic. Sturm developed his individual pictorial language through a study of Cubism and Art Informel as well as via close attention to the work of artists like Max Beckmann, Asger Jorn, and Willem de Kooning. This multifaceted volume showcases Sturm’s impressive and diverse creative works from 1957 to 2007 and features full-color reproductions of his major pieces from the period.

240 pages | 190 color plates | 11 1/4 x 8 3/4

Art: European Art

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