Sigmar Polke

Born 1941
Hometown Oels, Lower Silesia
Lives and Works Cologne, Germany
Education
Düsseldorf Art Academy, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1967

Sigmar Polke Gallery Art

Vivian Horan Fine Art

Michael Werner, New York, NY
Leo Koenig Inc., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Patrick Painter, Los Angeles, CA
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Galerie Leu, Munich, Germany
Mccaffrey Fine Art, New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Tate Modern, London, England
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Zabludowicz Collection, London, England, Sarvisalo, Finland, and New York, NY
Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany
Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany

Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of his generation, Sigmar Polke worked across all mediums including painting, photography, film, drawing, prints, and sculpture. Combining irreverent commentary with experimental processes, Polke’s work is characterized by his continually shifting style. Often weaving in and out of a particular medium—for instance, he spent most of the 1970s concentrated on photography—Polke captured his perceptions of the historical, political and cultural events that surrounded him. In the 1960s he studied at Düsseldorf Arts Academy under the mentorship of renowned German artist Joseph Beuys. He founded the Capitalist Realism painting movement in 1963 alongside fellow painter Gerhard Richter. The movement was founded in its “anti-art” style, which appropriated the consumerist pop of advertising. Often incorporating simple objects such as sausages, cakes or potatoes, alongside dizzying patterns and graphic portraits, Polke’s work expanded aesthetic boundaries and defined an entire movement of visual provocation.


Sigmar Polke’s work has been exhibited in shows, retrospectives and institutions worldwide since the 1970s including the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn , Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Tate Modern, London, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Modern and Contemporary Arts, Tokyo, among many others. Polke showed in the Venice Biennale a number of times throughout his career, and in 1986 was awarded the Golden Lion at the 42nd Venice Biennale. In 1994 Polke was awarded the Erasmus Prize in Amsterdam and in 2009 he was elected a Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

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