Wolfgang Laib was a German conceptual artist who worked predominantly with natural materials to creating amazing art installations which wowed art the art world. Evanescence is a hallmark of much of the art associated with 1970s postminimalism, but nowhere more so, perhaps, than in the work of German artist Wolfgang.
His sculptures, noted for their use of natural materials. He finds spirituality in the simplicity of everyday, organic substances—milk, pollen, beeswax, rice—that provide sustenance or engender life. Ritual plays a central role in all of Laib’s highly reductive art. But he is best known for sand carpets of finely sifted hazelnut pollen, like this installation transforming MoMA’s atrium into a vast expanse of canary-colored pigment.