CHRISTIAN KNUDSEN "CENTER RED" 1980/81
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- Mixed media on board
- Dated 1980/81
- 31 x 73 inches
- Signed lower right
- Condition: excellent
- Provenance: Private collector purchased from Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto
The Artist: Christian Knudsen (Canadian, 1945-)
Christian Knudsen was born in 1945 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1960s. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s symbolize an extremely influential era which generated an important number of disruptions and challenged the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would permanently mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever influence generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society developed, with revolutionary philosophies and movements evolving in a cradle of innovation. Simplicity and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on delivering artworks mainly composed of polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the simplicity of Minimalism but went further in rejecting all pre-existing conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by uplifting popular culture to the status of high art. Knudsen is based in Montreal, Canada.
The Story: Knudsen's work is held in museum collections across Canada including Musee D'Art Contemporain, Musee Des Beaux Arts de Montreal, Musee De Quebec, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Concordia University, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenbow Museum, The Nickel Art Gallery and the Canada Council Art Bank.
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Item No. CA202010100