K. O. Götz

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Experimental and innovative, Karl Otto Götz had a significant impact on the German Art Informel style from the very beginning. The fact that Götz never works without a clear concept has wide-ranging consequences for his artistic practice. The pictorial composition is always determined, but the execution is rapid, spontaneous, and dynamic. This bilingual catalog published on the occasion of his 100th birthday provides an overview of his epochal artistic oeuvre with a selection of more than 80 works of art.


Walter Smerling is the chairman of the Foundation for Art and Culture in Bonn, the director of the Center for Modern and Contemporary Art in Duisburg, and the artistic director of Foundation Salzburg. He is the author of 60 Jahre – 60 Werke: Kunst aus der Bundesrepublik Deutschland von 1949 bis 2009; Art and Press: Kunst, Wahrheit, Wirklichkeit; Bernar Venet: Order and Chance; Doing It My Way: Perspectives on Belgian Art; and Public Art Ruhr: Die Metropole Ruhr und die Kunst im öffentlichen Raum; and the editor of Anthony Cragg: Things on the Mind/Dinge im Kopf.