Untitled, Lens Painting
Sigmar Polke
Untitled, Lens Painting
Sigmar Polke (German, Contemporary, 1941 2010): Untitled, Lens Painting; 2007. Mixed media on corrugated plastic sheet. © The estate of Sigmar Polke/ DACS. Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY, USA. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

'Polke is known for jumping from style to style and painting on anything. Here he alternates between figuration and abstraction while painting on fabrics as well as corrugated sheets of plastic.

The sheets are Polke's "lenses." But his paintings take shape both on and beneath them, leading our eyes through a number of layers.

… Little in Polke's work, past or present, suggests an interest in painting as philosophy. He seems more interested in creating optical stimulation at a time when fashion says only ideas in art will do.

That's the thing about being what Polke often has been called: a visual revolutionary.' (Alan G. Artner, © Chicago Tribune)

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"German painter. In 1963 Polke launched Capitalist Realism in response to Pop art, exhibiting the first works in this genre in Düsseldorf.

… Pop-related images, pictured in various combinations and in a number of techniques, became from this time standard elements of Polke's work. The scattered dots in more complex works form a virtually abstract pattern that makes the imagery almost invisible when viewed from near the surface. Graphic alterations help to increase this sense of unfamiliarity, blurring the boundary between the objective reproduction of reality and the subjective production of art.

… Polke's love of experiment, of abrupt stylistic changes and of contradiction, irony and mocking distance thus remained essential to his uncategorisable and innovative art. (tate.org.uk)"

Read more: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/sigmar-polke-2213

Of Interest: http://www.artslant.com/ind/articles/show/15947