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Winfred Gaul

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Winfred Gaul
Winfred Gaul 1960 in the studio Photo: Werner Schloske, Stuttgart
1928born in Düsseldorf
1948sculptor apprenticeship
1949-1950Studied art history and German language and literature at the University of Cologne
1950-1953Studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, with Willi Baumeister and Manfred Henninger
1955Member of the "Gruppe 53". In addition to photograms, which the artist produces together with Peter Brüning, he creates his first graphic prints during this period.
1957First solo exhibition, Galerie 22, Düsseldorf (Manfred de la Motte) Purchase of the work "Pracht der Zerstörung" by the Kunsthalle Mannheim
1958Prize of the Cultural Circle in the Federal Association of German Industry
1959Participation in the documenta II, Kassel
1963Solo exhibition in New York, invited by Clement Greenberg, the promoter of the new (American) art
1964Villa Romana Prize for Painting
1964/65Lectureship at the Bremen State School of Art
1965/66Visiting Lecturer at Bath Academy and at the Regional College of Arts, Hull
1977Participation in documenta 6, Kassel
1984Appointed professor by the Minister for Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Lovis Corinth Prize
2003died in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
1956Gurlitt Gallery, Munich (1st solo exhibition)
1957Gallery 22, Düsseldorf
1962Galeria L'Attico, Rome (catalog)
1962Robert Elkon Gallery, New York
1963Gallery Müller, Stuttgart
1964Municipal Museum Wiesbaden
1966Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1966Municipal Art Gallery Mannheim
1967Räber Gallery, Lucerne (catalog)
1967Karl-Ernst-Osthaus-Museum, Hagen (catalog)
1967Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
1968Center for Contemporary Art, Aachen
1970Overbeck Society, Lübeck
1972Municipal Gallery, Nordhorn
1973Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster / Municipal Art Collections, Ludwigshafen / Museum Ulm / Kunsthalle Bielefeld
1975Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg
1979Kunstverein Heidelberg
1982Retrospective of hand drawings (1955-1982) (catalog)
1988/89Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen / Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid / Städtisches Museum, Gelsenkirchen / Kunstverein Oldenburg / Kunsthalle zu Kiel / Ulmer Museum, Ulm
1997Märkisches Museum, Bremen / Städtische Galerie, Witten
1998Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
2001Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund
2012Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart
2013Gallery Michael Hasenclever, Munich
2013Galleria Peccolo, Livorno / Galleria Anna D'Ascanio, Rome
2014Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
2015Gallery Michael Hasenclever, Munich
2016Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart
2017Gallery Franz Swetec, Düsseldorf
2018Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart
2018elten & elten Gallery Zurich
2018/19Galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf
 Group exhibitions (selection)
1955Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
1956Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf
1956Suermondt Museum, Aachen
1957Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim
1958Städtische Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen
1959Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1970Museum Oud-Hospitaal Aalst Belgiën
1996Städtische Galerie Bremen
1996Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
1997Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund
1998Museum Schloß Morsbroich, Leberkusen
2000Studiengalerie Busse, Worpswede
2003Museum of the City of Ratingen
2014Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Winfred Gaul dedicated his artistic work to the exploration of a pictorial genre: painting. For him, it was - as he himself put it - "a traditional medium with a limited radius of possibilities." But instead of transgressing the medial boundaries in the sense of (post-)modernism, Gaul accepted the peculiarities of painting and stated: "Within these boundaries, however, I know no taboo." Thus, a sure sense of media coupled with an enormous joy in experimentation permeate Gaul's œuvre. In a process of constantly exploring the pictorial means - color and form - as well as the creative possibilities and their limits, the artist opens up a wide variety of pictorial forms, examines them consistently, and ultimately moves on to a new subject.
Gaul's artistic roots lie in the 1950s, in Informel. In the scriptural "Poèmes Visibles", color manuscripts, wipe pictures and "white pictures" Gaul, quite an "associative systematist", outlines the field of tension of surface, form, color and spatial effect. This predominantly impulsive-gestural phase was replaced at the beginning of the 1960s by the color-intensive and form-reduced "Traffic Signs & Signals". Starting with collages inspired by Pop Art, Gaul increasingly turned to the abstract-aesthetic effect of the traffic signs that characterize everyday life. An independent system of signs emerges that refuses any interpretation of content. Since the 1970s, Gaul has increasingly begun to analytically dissect the picture surface - paying less attention to the color-form effect - and to split up geometric forms, thus laying the foundations for so-called signal painting in Germany. His series "Markierungen" (Markings) and "Recycling" (Recycling) ultimately lead into the 1980s, in which his artistic interest is above all in multi-part paintings and pictures without right angles. 
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