This Dubai gallery's virtual viewing room is exhibiting works of Dutch artist Karel Appel

purva@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 29, 2020
Oscillating between realism and an emotionally charged, robustly active, and spontaneous abstraction, Appel adopted a material-oriented approach in his practice and promoted a genuine form of expression.

Karel was one of the most influential Dutch artists of the latter half of the twentieth century

Across a nearly six-decade career, Karel Appel established a distinct aesthetic that made him one of the most influential Dutch artists of the latter half of the twentieth century. Born in 1921 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he studied at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Appel left the Netherlands in the 1950s, travelled extensively and lived and worked in New York and Europe. He passed away in 2006 in Zürich, Switzerland. 

Opera Gallery's new virtual exhibition features Karel Appel, one of the most influential Dutch artists of the latter half of the twentieth centuryOscillating between realism and an emotionally charged, robustly active, and spontaneous abstraction, Appel adopted a material-oriented approach in his practice and promoted a genuine form of expression. Opera Gallery Dubai, DIFC, represents a unique collection of emerging and established contemporary artists supported in annual exhibitions and art fairs programs.

A founding figure of CoBrA in 1948, a movement that rejected rationalism and geometric abstraction, Appel experimented widely, across painting, sculpture, drawing, and stage design, distinguishing himself for his astonishing capacity to innovate. He never settled in a signature style, media or subject. Going beyond his classical, academic training, Appel looked at folk art, as well as the uninhibited work of children and the mentally ill, whilst also drawing from jazz's spirit of improvisation.  Oscillating between realism and an emotionally charged, robustly active, and spontaneous abstraction, Appel adopted a material-oriented approach in his practice and promoted a genuine form of expression.

Take a tour: https://www.operagallery.com/karel-appel-viewing-room

 

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