Vordemberge-Gildewart: The Complete Works

Dietrich Helms (Ed.), Arta Valstar-Verhoff, Antje von Graevenitz, Gottfried Honneger

Prestel, 1990


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Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart (1899-1962) referred to his practice as “absolute art,” or art devoid of representation. From 1934 through the 1940s, he used color, form, and contrast to investigate the possibility of visual equilibrium among geometrically unequal components. Works like Composition No. 96 (1935) demonstrate his dedication to geometric abstraction with an emphasis on diagonal form. Often creating multiple versions of the same work, the artist would reconfigure the primary elements to investigate each component’s role in the composition. He also experimented with materials such as sand to create a textural quality that he designated rauh, or “rough.”
In 1952 Vordemberge-Gildewart instructed on the use of color as an architectural element at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam. He became head of the department of Visual Communication at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Germany in 1954.
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427 pages, illustrations in colour & b/w, 26 x 26 cm, hardcover, English