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 Edmund Kesting  (1892 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: Germany      Known for: painting and sculpture

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Edmund Kesting (1892-1970)

He was a master student of Richard Müller and Otto Gußmann.  He
came in close contact with avant-garde artists such as Kurt Schwitters, László Moholy -Nagy , El Lissitzky and Alexander Archipenko and in 1923 hehad his first solo exhibition  at the gallery " Der Sturm".  That same year, the inflation that began in Germany in 1914 reached its climax.  Devalued banknotes and tokens were now taken for Kesting's rare collages .  His constructivist works were noticed in the characteristic style of the time: "Designing, Building, forming, from mind, hand, matter tolight, color, form, in an organic, structural organism, add, bind, include the static-dynamic function, the voltage relationship, rhythm in space-time volume, in depth, height, enclosed, constructive, destructive tying, mutual falling into Concentric , Eccentric put through , push off into a vertical , horizontal spreading. " ( . . The Way Dresden / Berlin, p.27)  Herta Wecher, who wrote the standard work on the artistic technique of collage, wrote about Kesting: "He cuts drawing paper and folds, bends and rolls the loosened strip and tines, so that relief images are created [ ... ] . he covers and surrounds the plastic forms with brush marks and fine patterns in colored shades [ ... ] . Sometimes he pastes the compositions with colored, crumpled paper [ ... ] or inserts the strips into one another to form an interlacing pattern . " ( Herta Wecher : The History of Collage - from Cubism to the Present , Cologne 1974, p 301 )

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