Untitled (Square 2)
Sigmar Polke
Untitled (Square 2)
Sigmar Polke (German, Contemporary, 1941-2010): Untitled (Square 2) [Ohne titel (Quadrat 2)], 2003. Gold paint, oil paint and acrylic paint on canvas; 200.3 x 190.4 x 2 cm. Tate Modern, London, UK. © The estate of Sigmar Polke/ DACS 2010. Image: © Tate. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.

"Polke’s work may be understood as an analysis of the mark-making central to two-dimensional representation. From his earliest practice, he emphasised a dynamic tension between expressive gesture, often humorously subverting its traditional subjectivity, and mechanical reproduction. His paintings combine found printed images with more organically-made painterly marks." ((tate.org.uk)

"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