Wolfgang Laib, ‘Brahmanda’, 2014–2022, Indian black granite

Brahmanda, 2014–2022

Indian black granite
50 (h) x 50 x 95 cm
19¾ (h) x 19¾ x 37½ in
Wolfgang Laib’s approach is remarkable for its merging of Western minimalist art currents and a spirituality sustained by his interests in Eastern—in particular Indian—philosophy, aesthetics, and religion. Representative of this is his egg-shaped granite sculpture, a Brahmanda. Translated from Sanskrit the title means “Egg of the Universe.” Harald Szeemann, a supporter of Wolfgang Laib for many years as a curator, described him as an artist who “reveals immensely vast expanses through the smallest sculptural gestures.”