Sigmar Polke: Alibis 1963-2010

Sigmar Polke: Alibis 1963-2010
Library Shelf Location 18.POLK
Publication Date 2014

This book accompanies a major exhibition at Tate Modern (9 October 2014 – 8 February 2015) organised in conjunction with MoMA and is the first comprehensive retrospective of one of the most wildly inventive artists of the 20th century. It examines the full range of Polke’s oeuvre through over 500 illustrations and includes texts from a broad spectrum of artists and scholars

Sigmar Polke (1941–2010) is widely regarded as one of the most influential and experimental artists of the postwar generation. Working across such diverse mediums as painting, photography, film, drawing, and sculpture, he sought to contaminate reputedly pure artistic conventions. His works act like alibis, making it impossible to circumscribe the artist’s methods and meanings—a strategy Polke also used to confront the evasions of responsibility so common in Nazi Germany.

Containing over 500 illustrations and published in conjunction with the first comprehensive Polke retrospective (organized by MoMA with the Tate Modern), this catalogue examines the full range of his exceptionally inventive composition. Four essays trace its broad themes and twelve others focus on single works or motifs.

Edited by Kathy Halbreich, associate director of MoMA. Contributions from Mark Godfrey, curator of International Art at Tate Modern, Lanka Tattersall, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA and Magnus Schaefer, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA.

ISBN 9781849762557
Quantity 1
Pages 318
Authors Kathy Halbreich, Mark Godfrey, Lanka Tattersall
Publisher Tate Publishing
Related Artist Sigmar Polke
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Photography, Film and Artists' Moving Image, Painting, Collage
Keywords Abstraction, Patterns, Hallucinations, Perception, Repetition

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