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Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1920 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2000

  • Europe 1950-55

not titled [Greek church service]. (1950-55)
Collection Title: Sketchbook of scenes, buildings, interiors, figures and animals in Italy and Greece
Page: Leaf 43 verso.
Materials & Technique: drawings, sketchbooks, graphite; paper drawing in black pencil Support: paper

Dimensions: sheet 18.0 h x 22.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1977
Accession No: NGA
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from the artist, Sydney, March 1977. This purchase included 11 sketchbooks.

Jörg Immendorff was born in Bleckede, near Lüneburg in Lower Saxony, Germany, on 14 June 1945. After starting to study stage design at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, he became a student of Joseph Beuys there in 1964. He made a series of paintings of babies, and used a baby sound 'Lidl' as the name of his radical art activism - performances, agitprop actions, protests - of the late 1960s into the 1970s. His expulsion from the Düsseldorf Academy of Art in 1969 was primarily due to a dispute between more conservative staff and Beuys. Immendorff taught at a high school throughout the 1970s. He joined the Maoist Communist Party of Germany, and struggled with the difficulties of political art.

A big subject for Immendorff, as for other German artists of the new wave, was the Cold War division of Germany. The transformative series Café Deutschland of 1977-84 was sparked by his meetings with a r penck, an East German artist living under official disapproval. The revival of German art in the 1970s and 1980s is usually referred to as Neo-Expressionism, and the artists were called 'Neue Wilden' [The new wild ones], labels Immendorff has always rejected. He often works in series, such as Café de Flore 1987-92 and The Rake's Progress 1993-95, makes wood and metal sculpture, and has designed sets and costumes for opera productions. After a number of visiting fellowships at European art schools throughout the 1980s, he was appointed professor at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, in 1989. Immendorff has exhibited widely and is represented in many public and private collections.


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