Print on canvas 45 x 43.5 in (114.3 x 110.5 cm) 2014 Edition: A/P
Print on canvas 43.5 x 62.25 in (110.5 x 158.1 cm) 2014 Edition: A/P
Photographic still from Nearness, 1971 7 minutes 12 seconds
Through the Glass
Photographic still from Through the Glass, 1973 5 minutes 15 seconds
Under a Malicious Sky
Photographic still from Under a Malicious Sky, 1988 5 minutes 42 seconds
Photographic still from IKARUS, 1974 1 minute 19 seconds
1935 born in Herford, German
Died 2017 Iowa City, Iowa
The same way as for Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian for Hans Breder the task of art, as a kind of thought, is spiritual. His work seeks to articulate and evoke an ineffable power beyond reason and unreason. Against the monumental materialism of Western culture, over the last six decades, Breder’s intermedial sensibility has been expressed in and between painting, sculpture, photography, music, installation, video and film--each expression an invitation to subversive liminality and momentary transcendence. Breder’s work dissolves boundaries and manipulates perception, sometimes enticing, sometimes shocking the observer to an experience of liminality from which a realm of pure possibility may emerge.
One of the first video artists to be included in three Whitney Biennials, Hans Breder founded the Intermedia Program in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa and directed it until his retirement as a Distinguished Professor in 2000. The internationally regarded program built on Breder’s interdisciplinary inclination for intellectual and aesthetic collision.
Photo by Ethan Cohen
HANS BREDER, 1935 - 2017
Ethan Cohen Gallery pays their respects to Hans Breder, groundbreaking artist and teacher, who sadly passed on June 18, 2017.