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Beyond Contradictions

Austrian artist Jürgen Messensee is hard to categorize: his work in painting, drawing, and sculpture has so many facets that focusing on any one risks distorting the larger picture of his artistic achievement. This volume takes a wide-ranging view of his work, offering more than seventy color illustrations of his art in different media and forms, and supplementing them with his own words: his meditations on space and spaces and his philosophical interpretations of the marking of art. The result is both a depiction of the work of a master contemporary artist and a chance to peek into his mind as it works out the problems that lead to his creations.

144 pages | 72 color plates | 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 | © 2014

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents

Beyond Contradictions - Caroline Messensee

The Painter Philosopher.  On the Relationship between Art and Science – Wolfgang Lamprecht

“Je ne peints pas l’estre. Je peints le passage” – Silvie Aigner

Fixations of an Aesthetic World View. On the Association of Truth and Reality in the Work of Jürgen Messensee – Johannes Holzmann


Biography and Exhibitions


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