Robert Klippel


Rare catalogue published in 1979 on the occasion of an exhibition by the great Australian sculptor Robert Klippel, at Watters Gallery, Sydney. Features reproductions of 43 of Kippels sculptures produced in the 1970s, alongside a biography and essay staple-bound in a card cover with full-colour plate glued to the front. A great publication!

Robert Klippel (19 June 1920 – 19 June 2001) was an Australian constructivist sculptor and teacher. Klippel was based in Sydney and his work commonly utilized an extraordinary diversity of junk materials: wood, stone, plastic toy kits, wooden pattern parts, typewriter machinery, industrial piping and machine parts, as well as bronze, silver, oils, photography, collage and paper. He is also notable for the great diversity of scale of his work, from intricate whimsical structures in metal to the large wooden assemblages of the 1980s. His mature work was usually untitled, being distinguished by simple number sequences.
For a period Klippel lived abroad, leaving Australia in 1947 to study at the Slade School of Fine Art where he remained for six months. He lived and painted at The Abbey Arts Centre in New Barnet, London, along with artists Leonard French, James Gleeson, Peter Benjamin Graham, Douglas Green, Stacha Halpern, Grahame King and Inge King. In November 1948, Klippel, Gleeson and the young Lucian Freud exhibited together in London. André Breton, the originator of Surrealism, arranged for Klippel’s work to be exhibited in Paris the following year. During his time in London, he began a series of drawings and filled his notebooks with analytical diagrams of organic and mechanical objects, everything from screws and cogs to insects and shells, and making detailed drawings of the anthropomorphic forms used by artists such as Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso. Whereas Moore had related the human figure to the forms of nature, Klippel set out to relate the forms of nature to the shapes and forms of machinery in an industrial society. He made the statement that he wished “to seek the inter-relationship between the cogwheel and the bud.” Klippel returned to working prolifically in Australia from 1950 onwards. In 1964, art critic Robert Hughes called Klippel “one of the few Australian sculptors worthy of international attention”.
Throughout his career he produced some 1,300 pieces of sculpture and approximately 5,000 drawings.

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Robert Klippel - Sculpture Since 1970 (1979)
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