Sigmar Polke: Works on Paper 1963-1974

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The Museum of Modern Art, 1999 - Painting, German - 199 pages
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One of the most significant artists of his generation, Sigmar Polke (b. 1941) came of age creatively around 1963 in Dusseldorf. His earliest expressive idiom was crude and humorous, its images outrageous, and its content seemingly trivial, but embedded in these works were subversive and parodic commentaries on consumer society, German postwar politics, and classic artistic conventions. Few of Polke's works demonstrate more vividly his imagination, sardonic wit, and eclectic creative process than the drawings, watercolors, and gouaches of the 1960s and early 1970s.

This book accompanies the first American museum exhibition of these drawings. More than 300 works are illustrated, including small sketches in pen, larger watercolors and gouaches, others stamped with a dot-screen process, and pages from about 15 small sketchbooks. Several important and monumental works on paper from the early 1970s are illustrated in color for the first time.


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User Review  - Brianne - Goodreads

an unparalleled collection of works largely unseen till the exhibition this book is from. you can truly see his genius... some of the pieces are so small and simple that seen on their own they might ... Read full review

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User Review  - John - Goodreads

Sigmar Polke knows how to make great art consistently. If I ever met him on the street, I would ask him "Mr. Polke, wherer do you get your powers?" I imagine his answer would be either "this laughable, horrible, beautiful world" or "I'm not telling" Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Margit Rowell is Chief Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Michael Semff is director of the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich. He has curated several exhibitions and published many books on sculpture, painting, and graphic art.

Bice Curiger is a curator at Kunsthaus Zurich. She is cofounder and editor-in-chief of "Parkett" magazine and co-editor of "Tate Etc" magazine.

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