Thursday, June 9, 2016

Contemporary Art: Sigmar Polke - Eine Winter Reise @ David Zwirner, New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - Do you know Sigmar Polke? The German artist, who lived from 1941–2010, was one of the most voraciously experimental artists of the 20th century (here my post about the Polke retrospective @ New York´s MoMa  driveby).  David Zwirner ( zwirner ), one of the the world`s top galleries, currently shows paintings by Polke @ 537 West 20th Street New York.

The show is called "Eine Winter Reise/ A Winter Journey" (through June 25, 2016). The title refers to the song cycle "Winterreise" by the romantic German composer Franz Schubert. The show also refers to Polke´s around-the-world journey from 1980 to 1981 that took him to Indonesia (Bali, Java, Sumatra), Papua New Guinea, Australia, Tasmania, Malaysia, and Thailand, among other locales (more here  press-release ).

I display here my favorites from the show, as usual a very subjective selection.






Above this paragraph you can see: "Lappländische Reise II (Lapland Journey II)" (1984, Acrylic, oil, resin, and pigment on canvas, 78 7/8 x 102 3/8 inches (200.3 x 260 cm);
"Lappländische Reise I (Lapland Journey I)" (1984, Acrylic, resin, and pigment on canvas,
78 7/8 x 102 1/2 inches (200.3 x 260.4 cm) &
"Lungta" (1985, Acrylic on fabric, 59 x 71 inches (149.9 x 180.3 cm).












                                                      Magnetic Landscape



Above: "Arcimi Boldi" (1984, Acrylic, artificial resin, lacquer, and dispersion on canvas, 59 1/8 x 71 inches (150.2 x 180.3 cm) followed by
"Magnetische Landschaft (Magnetic Landscape)" (1982, Acrylic and iron mica on fabric,116 5/8 x 114 1/2 inches (296.2 x 290.8 cm) &
"Hallucinogen" (1983, Pigment and resin on canvas, 126 x 102 3/8 inches (320 x 260 cm).






Above: "Mondlandschaft mit Schilf (Moonlit Landscape with Reeds)" (1969, Dispersion on two (2) different types of fabric, 59 x 49 inches (149.9 x 124.5 cm);
"Laterna Magica (The Magic Lantern)" (1988-1996, Resin on fabric, painted on both sides, 51 1/4 x 59 3/16 inches (130.2 x 150.3 cm), Framed: 52 1/2 x 60 7/16 x 2 7/8 inches (133.3 x 153.5 x 7.3 cm)  &
"Druckfehler / Landschaft (Printing Error / Landscape)" (1988, Resin and acrylic on fabric,  51 1/8 x 59 inches (129.9 x 149.9 cm), Framed: 52 1/4 x 60 1/8 x 2 7/8 inches (132.7 x 152.7 x 7.3 cm).




                                                Night Cap






Above: "Schwarzer Fleck (Eifel) (Black Stain [Eifel])" (1984, Acrylic, resin, and pigment on canvas, 70 7/8 x 53 1/8 inches (180 x 134.9 cm);
"Irgendwo ganz oben (Somewhere at the Top)" (1983, Artificial resin and dispersion on canvas,102 1/2 x 79 inches (260.4 x 200.7 cm);
"Nachtkappe I (Night Cap I)" (1986, Indigo and alcohol varnish on canvas,120 3/8 x 88 7/8 inches (305.8 x 225.7 cm) &
"Lappländische Reise IV (Lapland Journey IV)" (1984, Oil and pigment on canvas,102 1/2 x 79 inches (260.4 x 200.7 cm).













Above: "Laterna Magica (Erde und Mond) (The Magic Lantern [Earth and Moon])" ( ca. 1993, Resin on fabric, painted on both sides, 51 3/16 x 59 1/8 inches (130 x 150.2 cm),Framed: 52 5/16 x 60 1/4 x 2 7/8 inches (132.9 x 153 x 7.3 cm) &
"Laterna Magica (Erde und Mond) (The Magic Lantern [Earth and Moon])" (ca. 1993Resin on fabric, painted on both sides, 51 1/4 x 59 1/8 inches (130.2 x 150.2 cm), Framed: 52 3/8 x 60 1/4 x 2 7/8 inches (133 x 153 x 7.3 cm).






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