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Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families
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Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families

by Susanne Kippenberger
 

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Over the course of his 20-year career, Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997) cast himself alternately as hard-drinking carouser and confrontational art-world jester, thrusting these personae to the forefront of his prodigious creativity. He was also very much a player in the international art world of the 1970s right up until his death in 1997, commissioning work from

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Over the course of his 20-year career, Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997) cast himself alternately as hard-drinking carouser and confrontational art-world jester, thrusting these personae to the forefront of his prodigious creativity. He was also very much a player in the international art world of the 1970s right up until his death in 1997, commissioning work from artists such as Jeff Koons and Mike Kelley, and acting as unofficial ringleader to a generation of German artists. Written by the artist’s sister, Susanne Kippenberger, and now available in paperback, this first English-language biography draws both from personal memories of their shared childhood and exhaustive interviews with Kippenberger’s extended family of friends and colleagues in the art world. Kippenberger gives insight into the psychology and drive behind this playful and provocative artist. Reviewing the hardcover edition in The New York Times, Roberta Smith wrote: “Ms. Kippenberger provides wonderful thumbnail portraits of the many key figures in her brother’s life, while using their reminiscences to create a finely diced composite oral history that makes palpable both his charming and his repellent sides.”

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The New York Times Book Review - Roberta Smith
In "Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families," Susanne Kippenberger, the youngest of his four sisters, offers a tender, reasonably cleareyed, oddly gripping account of her only brother's headlong plunge through life. A journalist for a Berlin newspaper, she writes in a brisk, personable style that has been sensitively translated by Damion Searls, who has also done justice to Martin Kippenber ger's penchants for non sequiturs, malapropisms and skewed aphorisms ("Never give up before it's too late"). She tries to keep the pros and cons of Kippenberger's outsize personality in view, citing some of the most egregious examples of his art and behavior, but her sympathies are never in doubt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982964286
Publisher:
J&L Books
Publication date:
05/31/2013
Edition description:
Translatio
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
1,395,477
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.70(d)

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