Text by John Yau
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition at Zwirner & Wirth:
POP: Roy Lichtenstein, Konrad Lueg, Claes Oldenburg, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol
May 3 – June 29, 2005
Publisher: Zwirner & Wirth
Artists: Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Richter, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, Andy Warhol
Contributors: John Yau
Publication Date: 2005
Reproductions: 29 color
Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) was born in Dresden, Germany. He studied art at the Dresden Hochschule für Bildende Künste from 1951 to 1956, with mural painting as his main course. In 1959, he visited documenta II, held in Kassel, Germany, an experience that inspired him to alter his artistic trajectory. After his escape from East Germany in 1961, he completed a second course of study at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. Since the 1960s, Richter’s critically acclaimed and hugely popular work has been the subject of major museum retrospectives worldwide, and features in public and private collections internationally. Gerhard Richter lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
Sigmar Polke (1941–2010) is widely recognized for his multidisciplinary output of paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, objects, installations, and films. Characterized by a relentlessly experimental and inquisitive approach to a wide variety of styles and subject matter, the artist’s work engages unconventional materials and techniques, and playfully defies social, political, and aesthetic conventions. Throughout his prolific career, Polke challenged the limits of his subject matter and materials in a rigorously inventive investigation of image-making and perception.