The first large-scale US retrospective of legendary German artist Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) opens this weekend at MoMA. Sigmar Polke is considered to be one of the most experimental artists of the 20th century and the works on view demonstrate this perfectly. From his enormous paintings on materials as flimsy as bubble wrap or printed textiles, there is not one medium that defines his almost 50 year-long career.
Films, photography, sculpture, drawings, collage and paintings are all part of the collection on show at this vast and fascinating retrospective. Different periods of his work are clearly inspired by the times he was painting and no doubt his contemporaries, with amazing pieces of pop art and abstract expressionism.
A witty, clever and awe-inspiring show that is grounded in the artists deep skepticism of all things authoritarian, many of the pieces in the show give pause for thought. The show debuts in New York this Saturday then moves to the Tate Modern in London and then finally to the Ludwig in Cologne Germany, to Sigmar Polke’s home town.Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010. The Museum of Modern Art. 11 West 53rd Street, New York. April 19-August 2014