David, Jiří / Atlas – Gerhard Richter
concrete, object – book, concrete, praline, height 20 cm, width 17 cm, depth 17 cm
purchased in 2019 with support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture
This is a typical example of Jiří David’s super-media approach. The object forms part of a set of concrete assemblages in which the artist initially combines raw canvas (without gesso) and concrete, and later expands the portfolio of penetrating objects “crossed” with concrete (a thermos flask/concrete, a neon light/concrete, a book/concrete…). Left to its own raw morphology, concrete becomes the determining feature of the work, creating a tension rooted in the incongruous combinations of materials.