Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Griffelkunst 1989)


Sigmar Polke (German, 1941-2010)

Untitled (Griffelkunst 1989), 1989

Medium: Screenprint on velour

Dimensions: 98 x 67 cm (38 3/5 × 26 2/5 in)

Edition of 940: Hand-signed and dated in blue ink, verso

Publisher: Griffelkunst-Vereinigung, Hamburg

Catalogue raisonné: Becker/von der Osten 81

Condition: Excellent

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Sigmar Polke‘s limited edition prints stand as a crucial testament to his experimental approach in post-war art, blending a unique mix of media and techniques. These fine art prints, emblematic of his influential role in the Capitalist Realism movement, challenge traditional artistic conventions and invite a deeper understanding of the socio-political landscape of the time.

“I love all dots. I am married to many of them. I want all dots to be happy. Dots are my brothers. I am a dot myself.” – Sigmar Polke

Known for his inventiveness, curiosity and wit, Sigmar Polke has often been called “the alchemist”. Experimenting with a wide range of mediums and materials, he created a very diverse oeuvre that has influenced a whole generation of artists. Whilst his studio turned more and more into a laboratory, Polke innovated techniques in painting and photography by manipulating chemical processes. Life in post-war Germany led Sigmar Polke to establish Capitalist Realism alongside Gerhard Richter and Konrad Lueg in the 1960s. This parody of the American Pop Art movement and Social Realism aimed at exploring consumerism and the lifestyle and conventions of the German postwar bourgeoisie, using the imagery of popular culture and advertising. Typically, his work incorporates every day and mass-produced objects, which correspond with the cheap surfaces on which he painted, such as wallpaper or fabric, as well as his use of offset printing techniques. For his paintings, Polke developed a print raster aesthetic, which he called a “grid” technique, in which he painted enlarged images of magazines and newspapers on canvas, mixing art historical motifs with commercial imagery. Sigmar Polke exhibited his work at numerous international biennales, including documenta, the Bienal de São Paulo, and the Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Golden Lion for his solo presentation at the West German Pavilion in 1986. Major retrospectives have been held by The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC). German, 1941–2010.

Auction record: US$27.1m, Sotheby’s, 2015

Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Griffelkunst 1989)


Limited Edition Print




Abstract Art, Post-War Art, Pop Art

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