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This excellent catalog accompanies seminal German artist Kippenberger's first major retrospective in the United States. While there have been previous English-language introductions to his work (see the 1991 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art catalog and, most recently, the 2006 Tate catalog), this book offers a comprehensive, if happily messy, view. Kippenberger, who died in 1997 at the age of 44, left behind a sprawling, humorous, serious, and ambitious oeuvre ranging from warehouse-scale installations to traditional canvases and from controversial sculptures to a series of hundreds of drawings made on hotel stationary. The catalog examines Kippenberger's constructions of personal biography and modern history, exhibition and performance ephemera, and his embrace of failure as a generative strategy, as exhibition curator Goldstein explains in her introductory essay. With four thorough essays, a long interview with the artist by Jutta Koether, and a time line, this is a great resource for exploring the formal and historical issues manifested throughout Kippenberger's "problematic perspective." Recommended.