Few sculptors have been able to redefine the sculptural canon of our time with a special material, their material, as consistently as Norbert Prangenberg (born 1949 in Rommerskirchen, lives in Munich and Cologne) succeeded with clay.
The peculiar power and characteristics of his coloured ceramic sculptures developed from a very special, incomparable combination of vessel and figure in monumental size. Prangenberg became known for his vase-shaped, life-size, partly extremely subtle, partly shrill and expressively framed and glazed ceramic sculptures that always touch on tradition and yet are completely free, sculptural expressions. The work process is always a form-building element. The latest sculptures, shown for the first time in Magdeburg, draw another daring connection, that of the sculpture to the picture. Again the sculptor surprises with an unusual way that will give the sculpture completely new impulses.
Norbert Prangenberg. Venustas et Fortuna
Edited by Annegret Laabs
Text germ./engl.: Annegret Laabs
Translation: Eileen Laurie
143 p., numerous illustrations, Hardcover
Bielefeld, Kerber Verlag, 2008