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POLKE

(Sigmar Polke, 1941-)

Sigmar Polke grew up in East Germany. After moving with his family to West Germany, settling in Wittich, he studied glass painting from 1959 to 1960 at Dusseldorf Kaiserwerth and then transferred to the Academy of Art. With fellow student Gerhard Richter he formulated a Pop inspired "Capital Realist" anti-style of art, appropriating the pictorial short-hand of advertizing. The anarchistic element of the work Polke developed was largely engendered by his mercurial approach. His irreverence for traditional painting techniques and materials and his lack of allegiance to any one mode of representation has established his now-respected reputation as a visual revolutionary. Paganini, an expression of "the difficulty of purging the demons of Nazism" - witness the "hidden" swastikas - is typical of Polke's tendency to accumulate a range of different mediums within one canvas. It is not unusual for Polke to combine household materials and paint, lacquers, pigments, screen print and transparent sheeting in one piece. A complicated "narrative" is often implicit in the multi-layered picture, giving the effect of witnessing the projection of a hallucination or dream through a series of veils.

- From "The A-Z of Art: The World's Greatest and Most Popular Artists and Their Works"

 POLKE_WOMAN_AT_MIRROR

Polke, Sigmar Woman at the Mirror 1966 Acrylic on fabric 125 x 80 cm Private collection, London

 POLKE_TWO_PALM_TREES

Polke, Sigmar Two Palm Trees 1964 Artificial resin on fabric 90 x 75 cm Private collection

 POLKE_SIT_CORRECTLY

Polke, Sigmar This is how you sit correctly (after Goya) 1982 Acrylic on fabric 200 x 190 cm Private collection, Baden-Baden

 POLKE_SEANCE

Polke, Sigmar Tischruecken (Seance) 1981 Dispersion on printed fabric 70 7/8 x 86 5/8 in. (180 x 220 cm) Collection Dr. Rainer Speck, Cologne

 POLKE_MEASURING_CLOTHES

Polke, Sigmar Measuring Clothes 1994 Fabric and paint on canvas 230 x 300 cm Private collection

 POLKE_MAGNETIC_LANDSCAPE

Polke, Sigmar Magnetic Landscape 1982 Acrylic and ferrous mica on canvas 290 x 290 cm Raschdorf Collection, Duesseldorf

 POLKE_LINGUA

Polke, Sigmar Lingua Tertii Imperii 1983 Mixed media and lacquer on canvas 102 3/8 x 78 3/4 in. (260 x 200 cm) Froehlich Collection, Stuttgart

 POLKE_JESS

Polke, Sigmar Ich mach das schon Jess (I'll Take Care of That, Jess) 1972 Oil on felt 124 x 112 3/16 in. (315 x 285 cm) Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg

 POLKE_HERON

Polke, Sigmar Heron Painting II 1968 Dispersion on flannel 190 x 150 cm Private collection

 POLKE_HANNIBAL

Polke, Sigmar Hannibal with his Armoured Elephants 1982 Lacquer on canvas 260 x 200 cm Collection Froehlich, Stuttgart

 POLKE_AUDACIA

Polke, Sigmar Audacia 1986 Oil and lacquer on canvas 78 3/4 x 74 3/4 in. (200 x 190 cm) Collection Raymond J. Learsy