Sigmar Polke

Texts by Elena Geuna and Guy Tosatto

The artist who dared put into question the parameters of ordinary vision. One of the main exponents of Capitalist Realism—a current that arose in the 1970s in opposition to both the Socialist Realism widespread in the countries of Eastern Europe and Western pop art—Sigmar Polke was a tireless experimenter of techniques, art materials, and chemical-alchemical processes. He created figurative paintings that drew on a vast iconographic repertoire, often inspired by everyday life, and abstract works with a powerful symbolic value, sometimes created by chance through reactions between paint and other products. The book reproduces over eighty-five of his works (including photographs and sculptures, along with numerous paintings), giving a full account of Polke’s reflections and studies made over his fifty-year career.


Publisher: Marsilio Editori

Artists: Sigmar Polke

Contributors: Elena Geuna, Guy Tosatto

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 in (19.7 x 24.8 cm)

Pages: 248

ISBN: 9788831723794

Retail: $49.95 | £29.95

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Sigmar Polke

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.

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Elena Geuna

Elena Geuna is an art critic and an expert in Arte Povera. After working at Sotheby’s during the 1990s, she moved to New York.

Guy Tosatto

Guy Tosatto is the director of the Musée de Grenoble.