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"Nono Reinhold: The Stairs"
2000-09-14 until 2001-01-01
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
UK United Kingdom
Nono Reinhold was born in Haarlem, in Holland. She studied in Amsterdam at the School of
Decorative Arts before settling in Paris in 1951. She worked at first in Jacques Houplain's
workshop, but later joined S.W. Hayter's Atelier 17. In 1961 she travelled to the United States to
study at the Pratt Graphic Center, where she met the artists Jim Dine, Alan Kaprow and Willem de
Kooning. She returned to Holland in 1963 and established a studio in Amsterdam. From
1980-1990 she taught printmaking at the Academy in Den Bosch.
In 1957 the artist rented a fifth-floor room in the rue Hautefeuille in Paris where she has lived and
worked for part of each year. The series of prints exhibited here reflects many years of thinking
about the form (and symbolism) of the stairs leading to her studio. The images are variations on
the theme of a spiral. They take the up/downward movement of the stairs and project it
horizontally into the space in front of the viewer. Sometimes the images are translated into
natural forms which mirror the spiralling of the stairs. In Monter et Descendre(illustrated), for
example, the form could be that of a shell. The non-naturalistic colouring of the prints emphasises
the abstract qualities of the architecture, and the rhythmic progression of the treads.
Monter et Descendre 1998
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