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Egozenter

Anton Stankowski (1908-1998)
Egozenter (Egocenter), 1952

Oil on hardboard, 33.1 x 23.2 in.
Sammlung DaimlerChrysler


Egozenter depicts the abstract reproduction of a rotating motor; the pictorial motif is derived from a drive belt. By representing the drive belt ends in a lighter shade, Stankowski uses a technique he also employed in his work as an advertising graphic designer, for instance in his designs for typographical brochures in which he crops the image. The work, therefore, shows how closely connected were Stankowski’s dual roles as a painter and graphic artist. Stankowski introduces diagonals and curves in his work, as in the present painting, in contrast to the principles of the Zurich Concrete artists, with whom he was closely linked before WWII.


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