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Lutz Fritsch: Sculpture as Spatial Experiment
by Peter Lodermeyer
Translated by Elizabeth Volk

German sculptor Lutz Fritsch concentrates on art’s basic elements—line, color, surface, and space. The apparent Minimalist simplicity of his painted steel sculptures is deceptive, however; installed outdoors in a variety of urban or natural environments, they unfold into highly complex creations. As important as gallery and museum exhibitions are to Fritsch, he prefers working in public spaces under the real conditions of daily life rather than being confined to existence in the “ivory tower” of the art world. Outside, in the “real conditions” of these contexts, he confronts prejudice, skepticism, and even resentment against contemporary art, meeting them with self-confidence and an enlightened approach.

Rheinorange (Rhine Orange), 1992.
Painted steel, 25 x 7 x 1 meters.


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