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Sigmar Polke: Paintings and Drawings, 1998-2002
John R. Lane
0300099096
September 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
No artist has come up with anything to match History of Everything, Sigmar Polke's profound response to the age of Osama bin Laden, and this book does a flawless job of illuminating his headspinningly bold associative leaps. Solid reproductions and remarkably lucid essays by art star Dave Hickey and cocurator Chalres Wylie guide us through what obviously was a knockout show at the Dallas and Tate museums. Known as Richter's rival, Germany's abominable shaman spinning variations on Rosenquist, Rauschenberg, and benday-dot painter Lichtenstein, Polke makes more than mischief and "Polke dots" here: it adds up to a masterpiece.

The central image comes from a newspaper diagram of a spy satellite relaying the image of Al Qaida fleeing on horseback to CIA and RAF HQ and the US Army in Afghanistan. The picture rhymes with two...



Sigmar Polke: Works on Paper, 1963-74
Margit Rowell (Editor)
0870700839
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Sigmar Polke: Works on Paper, 1963-1974 accompanies the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition of drawings, watercolors, and gouaches by this famous German painter. Polke's works on paper are beautiful and funny with strong tinges of emotion. Potato Heads: Nixon and Khrushchev, from 1965, is a colorful watercolor line drawing of two world leaders with bulbous heads and green polka dots. His almost-comic-book style can be both sweet, as in Young Peas, an image from 1963 with quickly drawn circles, and unnerving--an untitled gouache from 1965 depicts a ghostly figure and a swastika. Polke was born at the end of WWII and came of artistic age at a time when Germany was undergoing major cultural changes. It was during this period of the 1960s that abstract expressionism was taking over the art scene, yet Polke was...


Sigmar Polke: Alchemist
Jutta Nestegard
8790029534
August 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This modest catalogue provides an exellent introduction to and survey of the paintings of Sigmar Polke, one of the most significant artists of the last 50 years. Since the 1960s, Polke has been making paintings of a deeply ironic nature, works that make fun of the tropes that have dominated the world of modern art. As such, he has situated himself as something of a participant-critic in the dialogue concerning the relevance of painting in recent decades, and has made one of the strongest cases imaginable for its continuing possibilities. With 50 color reproductions of important works from all periods of his career, as well as texts by the curators of both the Louisiana Museum in Denmark and the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, Norway, "Sigmar Polke: Alchemist" will be a welcome addition to any collection of books on...


Sigmar Polke: Works & Days
Sigmar Polke
3832175458
August 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
One of the most important artists of our time, Sigmar Polke has devoted much of the past quarter century to works that explore alchemical themes, and this catalogue is the first to focus on that golden thread in his paintings. With his characteristic exuberance, intelligence, and fearlessness, he has drawn upon such diverse sources as the cultures of the Far East and the Pacific Islands, the eighth-century Book of Kells, and the mythical pseudo-science of Hermes Trismegistus. In his 1982 painting Gold Nuggets, Polke went so far as to use highly poisonous paints containing arsenic, and in other works, he has employed precious minerals such as lapis lazuli to evoke both the mysticism and physicality of color. Older paintings here join with brand new ones, including a comprehensive group of large-format compositions...


Sigmar Polke
Sigmar Polke
1891027190
Feb 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Although he is best known as a painter, an inveterate experimenter whose trademark style is never to settle on a style, Sigmar Polke has been taking and printing photographs throughout his career--or in some cases taking photographs and setting the film aside until he had enough money to print them. Polke studied painting at the Dusseldorf Kunstakademie, and in the lean years after his 1968 graduation, made thousands of images on that system. This boxed limited edition includes 32 unbound, loose tritones and a 41-page softcover book on his photographs from 1969 to 1974.


Sigmar Polke: An Artist's Book
Sigmar Polke (Artist)
3936859000
June 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
In Greek mythology, Daphne is the nymph who runs from Apollo's love, determined not to marry. She ends up a Laurel tree. In contemporary art mythology, Sigmar Polke is a magician who transforms seemingly unrelated imagery and techniques into whirlwind, idiosyncratic collages that astonish the expectant eye. And then there is this object, Daphne, an artist's book created by Sigmar Polke. An oversize anthology of sources of visual inspiration, a photocopied book that paradoxically reveals the artist's hand, a sketchbook for the machine age--Daphne runs and runs, is caught by the photocopier, and runs some more, only to be bound in the end.~Created directly by Polke himself, Daphne is a book with 23 chapters illustrated in large-format photocopies. Each "copy" of the book differs, as each has been photocopied and...


Sigmar Polke: Works on Paper, 1963-1974
Margit Rowell
0870700820
May 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
Sigmar Polke: Works on Paper, 1963-1974 accompanies the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition of drawings, watercolors, and gouaches by this famous German painter. Polke's works on paper are beautiful and funny with strong tinges of emotion. Potato Heads: Nixon and Khrushchev, from 1965, is a colorful watercolor line drawing of two world leaders with bulbous heads and green polka dots. His almost-comic-book style can be both sweet, as in Young Peas, an image from 1963 with quickly drawn circles, and unnerving--an untitled gouache from 1965 depicts a ghostly figure and a swastika. Polke was born at the end of WWII and came of artistic age at a time when Germany was undergoing major cultural changes. It was during this period of the 1960s that abstract expressionism was taking over the art scene, yet Polke was...


Sigmar Polke
Johannes Gachnang
3906127273
Jan 1991
Paperback
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Art Editions
Sigmar Polke
3921629365
January 1995
Paperback
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Behind the Facts: Interfunktionen 1968-1975
Gloria Moure (Editor)
8434310171
January 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Interfunktionen, an art journal which published 12 issues between 1968 and 1975 in Cologne, was founded in 1968 as a form of protest by artists who had no affinity with the critical lines that were redrawn at Documenta that year. The review was of considerable importance as a vehicle for propagating pro-European ideas and as a union between artists in Europe and the United States, irrespective of the predominating movements of the time. It contained both theoretical and practical contributions, with the intervention of creators who defined and illustrated their artistic strategies. Directly linked to the most prominent figures in the Düsseldorf Kunstacademie, such as Joseph Beuys, Jorg Immendorf, and Sigmar Polke, it also boasted the involvement of the most spirited and reflexive artists of the times, from Vito...


Sigmar Polke
Gloria Moure
8434309890
Mar 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Imaginitive, subtle, bold, playful, pointed, witty, explosive, narrative, open, hermetic, mysterious, expressive, wild, ironic, joyous, cynical, ambiguous, mythologizing, and fantastical. How else to characterize Sigmar Polke's astonishing, incredibly pleasurable, and stylistically all-embracing oeuvre? Starting from the profane material of everyday culture, Polke interprets images of reality rather than reality itself, satirizes tendencies in contemporary painting, quesitons the role of the artist as author, breaks down the trivial visual worlds of media photography, and always, but always, takes off on the most magnificent flights of imagination. This publication is the most complete monograph on the artist to date, and includes a number of works never before published. Edited by Gloria Moure. Clothbound, 288...


German Art Now
Cornelia Jan Homburg
1858942357
October 2003
Hardcover
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Pop Impressions: Prints and Multiples of Europe and USA
Wendy Weitman
0810961954
March 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
From the early 1960s through the early 70s, Pop Art swept the industrialized world. Iconoclastic, rebellious, and immediately popular, the new movement found its roots in an unprecedentedly prosperous consumer society. Encouraged by galleries and publishers who catered to a new collectors' market, many Pop artists were drawn to the creation of editions on paper and in multiples. 60 vibrant examples by such American icons as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and by such European artists as Richard Hamilton, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gerhard Richter, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Sigmar Polke, are organized according to the themes of mass media consumer culture, politics, erotica and more. All of the works included herein are from The Prints and Illustrated Books Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, an exceptionally...

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