Nahm ein sehr alter Baum, ein ganz entlaubter, den
Faden seiner Sprüche wieder auf ...
und ein anderer Baum von hohem Rang stieg schon empor
aus den großen unterirdischen Indien,
Mit seinem magnetischen Blatt und seiner Last von neuen Früchten.
Katherine Porter (born 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA) belongs to the generation of painters like Louise Fishman (born 1939), Suzan Frecon (born 1941), Mary Heilmann (born 1940), Elisabeth Murray (born 1941) and Pat Steir (born 1941) who regain nowadays more and more attention and influence. Katherine Porter studied at the Collorado College from 1959-63 where she met her future first husband Stephan Porter (they were married from 1962 – 1967), the nephew of the painter Fairfield Porter. After their divorce in 1967 she became a leading role in the artist scene in Boston. She had her first solo exhibitions during this period. The participation in the Whitney Biennale 1973 marks an early highlight in her artist´s career that still is like an unredeemed promise.
Geneviève Claisse (born 1935 in Quiévy, France) is the Grande Dame of Geometric Abstraction in France. In contrast to the work by Katherine Porter she developed non-objective metonymy without any relation to reality. Her clear compositions achieve the balance between rational order and picturesque freedom, between geometric discipline and intuitive creativity.
Ingo Nussbaumer (born 1965, in Leibnitz, Austria) creates with his oeuvre a clearance of the termini abstraction and abstract art that is rare in Austria. This will be visible in the context of our exhibition.