Polke Stars at MoMA
A painter, photographer, and printmake, Sigmar Polke was one of the founders of the Capitalist Realist movement in the 1960s. His works were ironic responses to Social Realism and Pop Art. Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the postwar generation, Polke possessed an irreverent wit that pushed him to experiment with the conventions of art and art history.
Next year, the Museum of Modern Art is staging the first comprehensive retrospective of Sigmar Polke, titled Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010. Organized with London’s Tate, the show places Polke’s enormous skepticism of all social, political, and artistic traditions against German history and the country’s transformation in the postwar period.
Pictured: Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, Blinky Palermo and Gerhard Richter in front of Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Cologne 1967.
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