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Otto Piene (German, 1928-2014), "So Green", 1967, gouache and fire on paper, signed and dated

Otto Piene (German, 1928-2014), "So Green", 1967, gouache and fire on paper, signed and dated

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Gouache and blow torch fire on paper, signed and dated lower right 'Piene 67', and titled lower left in pencil, inscribed '#3455' on the reverse, unframed


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A gift from the artist to a graphic designer at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CVAS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts
A gift from the above to the current owner, 1968-69


Height 27 in. x Width 38 in. (sheet)

About The Artist:

"Zero is the incommensurable zone in which the old state turns into the new.” – Otto Piene, "Die Entstehung der Gruppe ‘Zero'', The Times Literary Supplement, 3 September 1964.

Born in Germany in 1928, Otto Piene was a cofounder of Group Zero, the Dusseldorf ­based art movement that emerged in the aftermath World War II. While he is perhaps best known as a pioneering figure in multimedia and elemental art, Piene also taught at the University of Pennsylvania before becoming the director of the Center of Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he facilitated significant collaborations between artists and scientists. With degrees in painting and art education from the Academy of Art in Munich and the Dusseldorf Art Academy and philosophy from the University of Cologne, he was well equipped to pursue a dynamic career at the crossroads of art, academia, and technology.

Following in the tradition of his mentor Yves Klein, Piene experimented with novel materials such as smoke and fire to infuse art with modern, scientific meaning. Taken together, Piene and his international counterparts in France, Italy, and Switzerland, defied national boundaries in their reactionary movement against abstract expressionism by producing mechanical art, devoid of color and meaning.

Executed in 1967, “So Green” is a fine example of feuerbilder – ­­the artist's fire paintings, which were achieved by applying flame to pigmented paper surfaces. Set against an intensely red backdrop and a drop of green gouache, the fire mark illustrates Group Zero’s avant­ garde approach to painting.

Today, the artist’s works are housed in a variety of notable museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.


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