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Modern German Art

Anselm Kiefer

Winter Landscape (Winterlandschaft), 1970

Watercolour, gouache, and graphite pencil on paper, 42.9 x 35.6 cm

Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Denise and Andrew Saul Fund, 1995 (1995.14.5)

Photo copyright 2014. Image copyright Metropolitan  Museum of Art

Scala, Florence / copyright Anselm Kiefer

 

London has beenhavng symbolically enough in 2014 a sustained examination of not only art historically northern Europe in general with the National Gallery having looked at the northern renaissance but perhaps far more pertinently contemporary German art of the post war period, enhanced by an original examination of German history at the British Museum.  The medium of painting is the prism, with significant showings of Anselm Kiefer, a West German b 1945, and Gerhard Richter b 1932, and Sigmar Polke, 1941-2010, both originally East Germans, who once showed together, and with others invented in the 1960s a brief anarchic movement called capitalist realism. They both studied too at the legendary Dusseldorf Kunstakademie. All of these three titans, their work now in the commercial stratosphere, have engaged profoundly with Germany's past, but Janus like in order to look forward also to a future.  Marina Vaizey

 

The Author Marina Vaizey was art critic for the Financial Times for five years and the Sunday Times for eighteen. A historian, lecturer, traveller and collector she has written several books on art and photography. She has served as a Trustee for several national galleries including the Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Format: paper300gsm cover perfectbound210 x 148mm 54pp Colour ill.BIC AGB Keywords Dream Nightmare

Published November 2014 9781910110096 GBP14.99

 

 

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