Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke
The Editions


Editioned work holds a special place within Sigmar Polkeʼs artistic oeuvre. To him it represented another possibility for conducting intensive and excessive variations on his experiments, enabling an endless discourse between himself and the world.

Like an alchemist, he expected different techniques to serve his creative ego, thus his editions comprise objects, books, folders, photography, photocopies, collages and numerous prints.

This catalogue contains all of the artistʼs editions, a total of around 200 works.

Accompanies the exhibition Sigmar Polke – The Editions, 28 Apr – 27 Aug 2017, The Collectors Room, Berlin. Curated by Tereza de Arruda.

German and English text.

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Sigmar Polke
Alice In Wonderland


Scarce first edition copy of this fine Japanese Polke catalogue.
Published in 2005/2006 to accompany the Sigmar Polke exhibition “Alice In Wonderland” held at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo and the National Museum of Art in Osaka, this handsome catalogue features many full-colour reproductions of Polke’s paintings and drawings throughout.
“This exhibition is composed mainly of works in the collection of the artist, so it might be described as an exhibition of “Polke by Polke.” In it, we examine the artist’s career through approximately 30 of his large-scale paintings, from his early masterworks Alice in Wonderland (1971), and representative pieces of the 1980s and 1990s to some of his most recent work.”
Includes texts in English and Japanese by Peter-Klaus Schuster, Wataru Hayashi, and more, plus an interview with Polke, biography, bibliography, exhibition list and list of exhibited works.
Comes wrapped in printed paper dust-jacket, protected in mylar wrap.

Polke is a major contemporary German artist and one of the most noted painters in the world. Polke was born in Oels, Silesia, formerly an eastern part of German territory, in 1941. At age 12 he moved to West Germany. After studying at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, he began making paintings incorporating photographs and references to American pop art and he has continued to develop experimental methods. Paintings that show the raster dots used in printing became his trademark and he also produced paintings on printed fabric or transparent materials instead of canvas. With broad knowledge and penetrating observation, parody, irony, and a sense of humor, he has combined a wide variety of motifs from the everyday life of contemporary people, fairy tales, history, military events,myths, and alchemy. These groups of images arouse the imagination of viewers. They are both fascinating and enigmatic. He received the Gold Lion Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2002.

* Condition: Fine – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Boredom
Edited by Tom McDonough

Without boredom, arguably there is no modernity. The current sense of the word emerged simultaneously with industrialization, mass politics, and consumerism. From Manet onwards, when art represents the everyday within modern life, encounters with tedium are inevitable. And starting with modernism’s retreat into abstraction through subsequent demands placed on audiences, from the late 1960s to the present, the viewer’s endurance of repetition, slowness or other forms of monotony has become an anticipated feature of gallery-going.

In contemporary art, boredom is no longer viewed as a singular experience; rather, it is contingent on diverse social identifications and cultural positions, and exists along a spectrum stretching from a malign condition to be struggled against to an something to be embraced or explored as a site of resistance. This anthology contextualizes the range of boredoms associated with our neoliberal moment, taking a long view that encompasses the political critique of boredom in 1960s France; the simultaneous aesthetic embrace in the United States of silence, repetition, or indifference in Fluxus, Pop, Minimalism and conceptual art; the development of feminist diagnoses of malaise in art, performance, and film; punk’s social critique and its influence on theories of the postmodern; and the recognition, beginning at the end of the 1980s, of a specific form of ennui experienced in former communist states. Today, with the emergence of new forms of labor alienation and personal intrusion, deadening forces extend even further into subjective experience, making the divide between a critical and an aesthetic use of boredom ever more tenuous.

Artists surveyed include:
Chantal Akerman, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Vanessa Beecroft, Bernadette Corporation, John Cage, Critical Art Ensemble, Merce Cunningham, Marcel Duchamp, Fischli & Weiss, Claire Fontaine, Dick Higgins, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Ilya Kabakov, Boris Mikhailov, Robert Morris, John Pilson, Sigmar Polke, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Situationist International, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Andy Warhol, Faith Wilding, Janet Zweig

Writers include:
Ina Blom, Nicolas Bourriaud, Jennifer Doyle, Alla Efimova, Jonathan Flatley, Julian Jason Haladyn, The Invisible Committee, Jonathan D. Katz, Chris Kraus, Tan Lin, Sven Lütticken, John Miller, Agné Narušyté, Sianne Ngai, Peter Osborne, Patrice Petro, Christine Ross, Moira Roth, David Foster Wallace, Aleksandr Zinovyev

About the Author
Tom McDonough is Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the author of “The Beautiful Language of My Century”: Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945–1968 (MIT Press)

From the “Documents of Contemporary Art” series.

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Helke Bayrle
Portikus Under Construction 1992–2016


Edited by Fabian Schöneich
Texts by Helke Bayrle, Kirsty Bell, Daniel Birnbaum, Sunah Choi, Nikola Dietrich, Nikolaus Hirsch, Brigitte Kölle, Kasper König, Angelika Nollert, Melanie Ohnemus, Sophie von Olfers, Philippe Pirotte, Fabian Schöneich, Jochen Volz

In 1992, Helke Bayrle began videotaping the installation of each exhibition at the Portikus exhibition space. These videos form a remarkable and intimate archive of the storied Frankfurt contemporary art institution and the exceptional artists and personnel that have worked within it. Coinciding with the launch of a website containing all of Bayrle’s Portikus videos, this publication pays tribute to the artist’s extraordinary work, through a comprehensive timeline, video stills, and statements by past and current directors and curators. Art critic and historian Kirsty Bell writes about the history of Portikus and the meaning of Bayrle’s work. Also included in the book is a conversation with the artist and Sunah Choi, who, since 2001, has edited the videos that comprise Bayrle’s truly unique undertaking.

Copublished with Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
Design by Ronnie Fueglister

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