Karl Hagedorn grew up on his father’s sawmill in the Harz Mountains of Weimar Republic, surrounded by machinery and products that provided, in his own words, “a kaleidoscope of geometrical planes”, which would later influence his paintings. Even as a child, Karl was fascinated with art, and observing and drawing the shape and design of the objects that surrounded him.
Karl had started painting in high school, but his dream of becoming an artist seemed to be escaping him as the Weimar Republic gave away to the Nazi regime, and he was drafted to the German Eastern Front. Even after the war, time and supplies were hard to come by, and Karl’s art took a sideline to helping his father run the sawmill under Russian supervision in post-war East Germany.
Eventually, Karl escaped East Germany, and, at the age of 34, enrolled at the Art Academy in Munich. It was there that he solidified his artistic talents, and began painting murals, creating mosaics, and making stained glass to support himself.
It was on a trip to Paris, though, that Karl came across the modernist movement of Picasso, Leger, Matisse and Miro, and finally found his artistic voice. He worked furiously to develop his style; eventually moving to the United States in 1959 in hopes of supporting himself with his paintings.
After working for some time as a commercial artist and art teacher, Karl was noticed by the Director of the Walker Art Center, Martin Friedman, and was given his first one-man show. By 1973, Karl had moved to New York City, and was soon represented by Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer. He found himself incorporated into shows not only in New York, but all over Europe as well. Finally, he was supporting himself with his paintings. In 1981, the Director of the Nuremberg Museum, Curt Heigl, gave Karl an extensive retrospective show.
Karl continued to work in his New York studio until 1999, when he moved to Philadelphia, where he lived and worked until his death in 2005.
New York Public Library, Print Collection, New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
Kunsthalle Nuernberg, Nuernberg, Germany
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, Minnesota
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Bamberg, Germany
Deutsches Museum/Strobel Collection, Munich, Germany
Goethe Institute, New York, NY
Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn.
University of California, San Francisco, Calif.
University Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Conn.
General Electric, Bridgeport, Conn.
Prudential Insurance, New York, NY
Owens-Corning Fiberglass, Toledo, Ohio
Liquid Paper Corporation, Dallas, Texas
Private Collections in Europe and the United States
2006 Memorial Exhibition, Boston International Fine Art Show
2006 Memorial Exhibition, Galerie Bode, Nuremberg, Germany
2005 Garrubo-Bazan Gallery, West Chester, Pa.
2004 Galerie Herrmann, Neumarkt, Germany
2003 Garrubo-Bazan Gallery, West Chester, Pa.
2003 Galerie Bode, Nuremberg, Germany
2002 Kunstverein Wernigerode, Wernigerode, Germany
2001 Galerie GEK, Schwaebisch Gmuend, Stuttgart, Germany
2001 Galerie Bode, Nuremberg, Germany
1999 Galerie Goldbach, Stadtallendorf, Germany
1998 Galerie Bode, Nuremberg, Germany
1997 Galerie Bode, Nuremberg, Germany
1996 Galerie Heseler, Munich, Germany
1995 Martin Sumers Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Galerie Rehklau, Augsburg, Germany
1993 Galerie Heseler, Munich, Germany
1992 Virginia Lust Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, Ill.
1991 Galerie Heseler, Munich, Germany
1991 Galerie Stolz, Cologne, Germany
1991 Villa Dessauer, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Bamberg, Germany
1989 Consulate General of Germany, New York, NY
1987 Galerie Rehklau, Augsburg, Germany
1985 Kaiser Galerie, Nuremberg, Germany
1984 Galerie Heseler, Munich, Germany
1984 Galerie Rehklau, Augsburg, Germany
1983 Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1983 Galerie Brusberg, Hannover, Germany
1982 Galerie Heseler, Munich, Germany
1981 Kunsthalle Nuernberg, Nuremberg, Germany
1981 Jack Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Galerie Rehklau, Augsburg, Germany
1980 Monahan Gallery, Milwaukee, Wis.
1979 Goethe Institute, New York, NY
1979 Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York, NY
1978 Galerie Rehklau, Augsburg, Germany
1976 Gimpel and Weitzenhoffer, New York, NY
1974 Galleria Galatea, Milano, Italy
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