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Sigmar Polke: History of Everything

Sigmar Polke: History of Everything
LONDON  •  Tate Modern  •  Ongoing
Sigmar Polke: History of Everything is a major exhibition of the renowned German artist's work of the last six years. On view last season at the Dallas Museum of Art, the show is comprised of 50 works including new large-scale works alongside recent paintings and drawings. The exhibition traces Polke's newly developed interest in the 'printing mistake', the subject of a series of paintings in which the artist has explored technologically marred images taken from various printed media. Drawing upon pre-existing imagery such as satellite spy and newspaper photographs, including surveillance data from Afghanistan, and a shot of the finalists in the annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest held in Key West, Florida, Polke manipulates these visuals through photographic processes and exploits them as subjects for his compositions.

Sigmar Polke: Fastest Gun in the West 2002
Courtesy Michael Werner, New York and Cologne © Sigmar Polke
Photo courtesy of Tate Modern

Sigmar Polke was born in East Germany in 1941 and studied art at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf under Joseph Beuys between 1961 and 1967. Now considered one of the most important figures in post-war German art, Polke first gained notoriety in 1963 alongside fellow students Gerhard Richter and Konrad Leug (who was later to re-emerge as the dealer Konrad Fischer) with their exhibition Capitalist Realism, a response to the Pop art movement, in which they inserted themselves among the furniture on display in the window of a German department store.

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