Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color

Curator's Perspective

July 21, 2016, 6:30 PM

Deputy Director for Curatorial and Academic Affairs Klaus Ottmann provides an overview of the exhibition Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color and shares examples of Appel’s related poetry.

Karel Appel (1921–2006) is perhaps the most renowned Dutch artist of the latter half of the 20th century and one of the founding members of the COBRA group. This concise survey will provide a fresh look at an oeuvre that many people still associate with Cobra and the 1950s, although it actually extends over a period of more than 60 years. The show will revisit, for example, the artist’s early interest in children’s art, his stylistic experiments and his highly personal–and sometimes almost abstract–interpretation of traditional subjects like the nude, the portrait and the urban or rural landscape.