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Edward Kienholz


 

 

Edward Kienholz

American, 1927 - 1994
 

Edward Kienholz' art is his indictment of what he saw as the hypocrisy and immorality of contemporary life. Born in Fairfield, Washington, he grew up on a farm in the eastern part of the state, learning carpentry and mechanical skills in his youth. After a series of odd jobs, Kienholz settled in Los Angeles, where he became involved in the arts.

Together with other avant-garde artists in the area, he opened art galleries, the most notable of which was the Ferus Gallery. Despite his lack of formal artistic training, he began to employ his mechanical and carpentry skills in making collage paintings and reliefs assembled from materials salvaged from the alleys and sidewalks of the city. In 1960 he withdrew from the Ferus Gallery to concentrate on his art, creating free-standing, large-scale environmental tableaux. Kienholz' assemblages of found objects--the detritus of modern existence, often including figures cast from life--are at times vulgar, brutal, and gruesome, confronting the viewer with questions about human existence and the inhumanity of twentieth-century society. Because of their satirical and antiestablishment tones, his works have often been linked to the funk art movement based in San Francisco in the 1960s.

In the early 1970s, Kienholz received a grant that permitted him to work in Berlin with his wife and collaborator, Nancy Reddin. Their work has been widely acclaimed, particularly in Europe. In 1973, Kienholz and Reddin moved from Los Angeles to Hope, Idaho and for the next twenty years they divided their time between Berlin and Idaho. Kienholz died in Idaho in 1994.

 


Edward Kienholz
 

 

 

Edward Kienholz
Foto: Lothar Wolleh
Berlin 1975


 

John Doe
1959


 


Back Seat Dodge '38
1964


 


The Birthday
1964


 

The Portable War Memorial
1968


 

The Portable War Memorial (detail)
1968


 

The Portable War Memorial (detail)
1968


 

'Sollie 17', mixed media construction by Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz
1979-80


 

Sollie 17
(detail)
1979-80


 

To Mourn a Dead Horse
1989


 

The Wait
1964-65


 

The Beanery


 

Ladder
1976


 

The Friendly Grey Computer - Star Gauge Model 54
1965


 

Volksempfangers
1975-1977


 

Volksempfangers
1975-1977


 

Volksempfangers
1975-1977


 

Ed and Nancy Kienholz

Bout Round Eleven
1982



 

Ed and Nancy Kienholz
Berlin Volksempfanger
1989



 

Ed and Nancy Kienholz

Installation View
2005



 

Ed and Nancy Kienholz
The Pool Hall
1993



 

Ed and Nancy Kienholz

Installation View
2005



 

Ed and Nancy Kienholz

Same Old Shoe
1984



 

The Ozymandius Parade
1985


 

The Beanery


 

Blue Boy and Pinkie
1979


 

History as a Planter
1961


 

The Illegal Operation
1962


 

The State Hospital (exterior)
1966


 

The State Hospital
(interior)
1966
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