Sigmar Polke: History of Everything, Paintings and Drawings, 1998-2003

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Sigmar Polke is one of the world's most revered and influential contemporary artists. This handsome book documents Polke's recent work, which continues and deepens the artist's famed explorations of how images are made, used, and thought about in our media-dominated culture. The works also pose intriguing questions about how the eye and mind become crucial players in the perceptual game we undertake daily. Using topical subject matter-such as the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the Middle East and the ...
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Overview

Sigmar Polke is one of the world's most revered and influential contemporary artists. This handsome book documents Polke's recent work, which continues and deepens the artist's famed explorations of how images are made, used, and thought about in our media-dominated culture. The works also pose intriguing questions about how the eye and mind become crucial players in the perceptual game we undertake daily. Using topical subject matter-such as the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the Middle East and the everyday presence of guns in American life-both for its inherent content and metaphoric possibilities, Polke has created a cohesively thematic yet ingeniously diverse group of monumental paintings and large-scale drawings. The source materials for these images are often drawn from American and European newspapers, magazines, and books. All of this work by Polke reflects a fiercely intelligent yet remarkably accessible interpretation of how we perceive and misperceive the social, political, and aesthetic worlds that we live in. In the text, Charles Wylie discusses how Polke's recent work presents a coherent visual essay on the literal and symbolic construction of images. Noted art critic Dave Hickey provides an interpretive essay on the artist and these new works. Both essays are interspersed with a valuable compendium of Polke's source materials.

Author Biography: John R. Lane is The Eugene McDermott Director at the Dallas Museum of Art. Charles Wylie is The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Dave Hickey is Professor of Art Theory and Criticism at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

This book is the catalogue for an exhibition held recently at the Dallas Museum of Art, which travels to Tate Modern in October 2003. Published in association with the Dallas Museum of Art

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
German artist Polke (b. 1941) creates artwork by borrowing, altering, magnifying, and painting over mass-media images. The subject matter here is politically charged (images are suggestive of America's fascination with guns and violence, patriotic symbols, and military power), but his true interest (and one that he has pursued his entire career) is in exploring issues of perception-that of artists, spectators, the mass media, and technology. Edited by Lane (Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art) and others, this handsome catalog of a recent exhibition held at the Dallas Museum of Art and London's Tate Modern features clean, bright illustrations (40 b&w and 55 color) of the artist's work and critical essays that originally ran in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Contributors Dave Hickey (art theory & criticism, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Charles Wylie (curator, Dallas Museum of Art), whose essays are interspersed with other source materials, do a good job of interpreting Polke's vision. A biography and a selected bibliography are included as well. This book will interest those familiar with Polke's work; newcomers, however, are better off reading a complete monograph, such as Sigmar Polke: Paintings, Photographs, and Films (2003) or Sigmar Polke: The Three Lies of Painting (1997), unfortunately out of print. For larger libraries collecting contemporary art titles.-Michael Dashkin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300099096
  • Publisher: Dallas Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Directors' Foreword and Acknowledgments 6
"Send newspapers" 10
Sigmar Polke's Appointment in Texas 22
Plates 33
America's Defenders Celebrate with Their Former Adversaries 82
Plates 89
Checklist of the Exhibition 136
Lenders to the Exhibition 138
Biography 139
Selected Bibliography 142
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