Winston Roeth
Speed of Light

Editor(s)

Museum Wiesbaden, Jörg Daur, Lea Schäfer

Author(s)

Jörg Daur, Andrew Jensen, Lea Schäfer

Design

Frank Bernhard Übler

Cover

Hardcover with flush cut

Size

24 x 30 cm

Pages

136

Illustrations

109 color and 2 b/w

Language(s)

German, English

ISBN

978-3-96912-010-1

Color Is Light

Intense monochrome areas of color, radiant pigments, and multifaceted surfaces are the characteristics of the art of Winston Roeth (b. Chicago, 1945; lives and works in Beacon, New York, and Waldoboro, Maine). He has devoted himself to abstract color field painting since the 1970s, with the grid as a leitmotif running through his oeuvre; both are fraught with painterly memories of light, “a light that can jump out and grasp the beholders, a color saturation that throbs with a deep glow,” as the artist himself puts it. It emanates from the strata of paint in his pictures, encountering the light that, falling upon his works, molds their chromatic effect. Roeth experiments with pure pigments, which he mixes by hand to make paints he applies in layers to diverse media including paper, aluminum, honeycomb, slate, and wood panels. The book documents a tour of an exhibition, presenting works dating from between the early 1990s and 2020.

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