Wolfgang Laib. Rice House. 1988

Wolfgang Laib Rice House 1988

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Wolfgang Laib's childhood travels with his family to Afghanistan, India, Iran, and Turkey instilled in him a lifelong interest in non-Western cultures. Before he became an artist, he studied medicine, but concluded that the field treated the body at the expense of the soul. To Laib, art is a form of transcendent spiritual healing and sustenance. Natural materials are important to the artist, who works with beeswax, milk, pollen, and rice, creating simple forms that strive to communicate at a universal level, transcending language.

Gallery label from Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection, May 3–July 10, 2006.
Marble, rice, and hazelnut pollen
Marble 8 1/2 x 35 1/8 x 9" (21.6 x 89.2 x 22.9 cm)
Gift of Edward R. Broida
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© 2021 Wolfgang Laib
Painting and Sculpture

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