Sigmar Polke: Works on Paper

Texts by Bice Curiger, Margit Rowell, and Michael Semff

One of the most significant artists of his generation, Sigmar Polke came of age creatively around 1963 in Düsseldorf. 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 70s. More than 300 works are illustrated, including small sketches in ballpoint and felt-tipped pen, larger sheets in watercolor and gouache, and still others stamped with a dot screen process, as well as pages from over a dozen small sketchbooks and several monumental works on paper. This books was published to accompany the first American exhibition of these drawings shown at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1999.


Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Artists: Sigmar Polke

Contributors: Bice Curiger, Margit Rowell, Michael Semff

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in (21 x 26.7 cm)

Pages: 200

Reproductions: 299 color, 27 b&w

ISBN: 9780870700828

Retail: $50

Status: Out Of Print

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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