Georg Nothelfer

Gerhard Hoehme


Born 1920 Greppin near Dessau 
1951-53 Studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Otto Coester
1954 Cornelius Prize of the City of Düsseldorf 
1954-57 Chairman of the artists' association Gruppe 53. 
1957 Promotion Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
1959 Participates in documenta II in Kassel
1960 Scholarship from the German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome
1965-1984 Professor of free painting at the State Academy of Art in Düsseldorf 
1977 First solo exhibition at Galerie Georg Nothelfer
1984 Paul Klee Professorship for Fine Arts at the University of Gießen

Gerhard Hoehme is one of the most important representatives of German post-war art. While his art was initially strongly associated with gestural and informal painting, he soon sought new creative possibilities. Hoehme was preoccupied with the material qualities of his painting media. He layered clods of paint, which he scraped off old canvases, to create haptic space-occupying objects (Borkenbilder). In relation to the traditional format of the panel painting, Hoehme sought new freedom and independence: he regarded the painting as an open, energetic field that expands towards its surroundings. As a result, he developed irregularly contoured canvases - an early anticipation of the "shaped canvases". He was already working with plastic in the 1950s and is considered a pioneer in the use of polyethylene tubing in painting and sculpture. To this day, he stands out with his expansive paintings and string sculptures.



  • Montepulciano, 1987, Colour etching, signed by the artist, 79,5 x 64,5 cm, Copies: 100


  • O.T./Untitled, 1986, Serigraphy, signed by the artist, 89,5 x 70 cm, Copies: 25


  • Poseidonius, 1977, Serigraphy, signed and dated recto lower left, 76 × 64 cm, Copies: 50


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  • Catalogue Raisonné, 1998, Catalogue raisonné, text by Gottfried Boehm, 552 pages, 611 illustrations, 404 of them in colour, German, Verlag Gerd Hatje, EUR 295


  • NEMI, 1994, Edited by Roman Zenner, German/English, 30 pages, 9 illustrations, 8 in colour, EUR 22


  • Begegnung mit Gerhard Hoehme, 1992, Catalogue on the occasion of the exhibition in Düsseldorf from 2 April to 5 May 1992 with many portraits of the artist in his studio and elsewhere, 135 pages, numerous colour illustrations., EUR 18


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