André Thomkins - Lackskins

Stephan Kunz

Published by Scheidegger & Spiess Mai 2012, 2012
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Neuware - André Thomkins (1930-1985) ist als meisterhafter Zeichner und Wortkünstler bekannt, der die klassischen Bildmedien wie wenig andere beherrschte, gleichzeitig aber mit verschiedenen Techniken und Materialien experimentierte. Er war 'bekannt als Meister des Nebensächlichen, des Tangentialen, des Anekdotischen' (Art on Paper, New York). Immer auf der Suche nach neuen Möglichkeiten des Ausdrucks, entwickelte Thomkins ab Mitte der 1950er-Jahre eine neue Technik: seine 'Lackskins', in denen er mit Lack auf Wasser malte und auf diese Weise Bilder von ungeheurer imaginativer Wirkung erzeugte. Die Lackskins scheinen 'so unkontrolliert wie das Wetter' (Artforum, London), sie kombinieren Spontaneität und Berechnung auf berauschende, aber kühle Weise und nehmen so die chromatisch abstrakte Malerei jüngerer Generationen vorweg. Das vorliegende Buch und die Ausstellung im Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur zeigen nun erstmals umfassend diese grossartige Werkgruppe, die überraschend viele Facetten der Kunst von André Thomkins offenbart und einen neuen Zugang zu seinem faszinierenden Werk eröffnet. Erscheint zur Ausstellung im Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur (26. Mai bis 26. August 2012). 160 pp. Englisch, Deutsch. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Andre Thomkins is renowned as an artist treating imagery, forms and materials as well as language in playful and experimental ways. His mastery of the classical visual art media was unparalleled, yet he also experimented with different techniques and materials. Within Thomkins's oeuvre, his works of the 1950s in particular are characterised by a pronounced love of experimentation. During this period, he developed his Lackskins by 'painting' with gloss paint on water. He had stumbled across this special technique by chance: cleaning his paint brushes in water, he noticed that the gloss paint he had used left a film on the surface that formed an image. He began deliberately manipulating that floating film of paint and eventually lifted the resulting image from the water with a sheet of paper, achieving 'something planetary, very light and fluctuating' (Andre Thomkins). This wonderful book, 'Andre Thomkins: Lackskins' is the first comprehensive presentation of these beautiful works. Text in English & German.

About the Author: Andre Thomkins (1930-1985) is renowned as a draughtsman and word artist. The artist from Switzerland spent most of his life in Germany. His rich ingenuity contributed to a special artist biography being attributed to him, making him appear as an imaginary sorcerer moving the world with a master's hands. Stephan Kunz, art historian, has been a curator at the Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau 1988 - 2011. He has been appointed director of the Bundner Kunstmuseum Chur in 2011. Dagmar Streckel, art historian, curator of Andre Thomkins's estate at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.

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Title: André Thomkins - Lackskins
Publisher: Scheidegger & Spiess Mai 2012
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