Mario Dalpra is an Austrian contemporary artist. He learned with Arnulf Rainer. Mario makes different kind of artwork. For me, his oevre is plenty of fantasy and emotions. I like his sculptures which have varieties in all kind -forms, colors, shapes. They have all a kind of dynamics and just wait to explored either by your eyes or by your cognitive thinking. Just have a look…
Recently I had the chance to dive into the world of Arnulf Rainer´s artistic history : I took a look into old exhibition catalogues which took place in different places of this world… in New York, Cologne (Germany), Venice (Italy), Sao Paolo (Brazil).
Rainer´s main artistic work is the so-called over paintings, which have its roots in surrealistic informal art: extreme reductions, paining with closed eyes etc. In the mid 50ies his works get darker and black. Rainer uses other and his own works of art to create those over paintings: Black coverings with very small rests of the original painting or canvas. Beginning 1966 Rainer made experiments with certain drugs which lead to those -today well known – face farces, which he partly overpainted to make additional accent to those farces. Those paintings were selected for the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1971.
Attached you see a scarce signed catalogue and a scarce signed photograph (signed twice) from Arnulf Rainer, which I could take into my collection recently. (Please respect copyright of this image which belongs to Arnulf Rainer. No reproduction allowed!)
Maybe this artist might be new to you as it was to me until I got this book with a drawing as a birthday present from my father. Johann Julian Taupe was born in Gritschach/ Kärnten/ Austria and started his carrer at the “Akademie der bildenenden Künste” in Vienna in 1976 with Prof. Max Weiler. Later he was working with Prof. Arnulf Rainer from 1981-1983. Various exhibitions brings the art to many spectators allover Europe.
After making a drawing into the guest book of the sculptor Karl-Manfred Rennertz. Helmut Swoboda, a painter colleague of him, “mistreated” him to start making drawings . After the opening of the museum Neuhaus/Suha, Herbert Liaunig spoke with him to create a book with drawings, etchings etc. within the context the Museum . Between september 2008 and march 2009 the “Neuhauser Block” with more than 140 works of art were born.
Peter Weiermair describes in the book some insight, which I allow to cite partly on my blog .”The drawings of Johann Julian Taupe only entered late into the life of the painter… They reflect Taupe´s adventure with a new medium, which is based not on color, but on line. … The observer is the reader of this seismografic handwriting, the one who endeavors to decipher it and who tracks its intrinsic movement: its taking pause, its figuration, even if these characters do not appear before us in full clarity (but rather as abbreviations and abstraction), its hastening and persistence…
Have a look!
As addition to my growing collection of contemporary austrian artists, I share the catalogue from Otto Breicha “Tempi Passati” (Galerie Klewan), which now is signed by all 3 artists.
The first”inscription” was given by Mr. Staudacher who also drew a small sketch of a fish with a small note: ” do not fetch the fishing rod” – I love his humor !
It took me a longer time to get it autographed by Mr. Nitsch what finally happened in 2007 at an opening event at the Nitsch museum .
This year, I could attend an event in Baden (near Vienna) at the Arnulf Rainier museum, where Mr. Rainer signed the catalogue by ” an overwriting” of his printed name (he was not signing any photographs).
As to my knowledge – a minimum of 18 years hunting for the completion – that´s how it is if you are not full time taking care about autographing.