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Sigmar Polke was born in 1941

13 February, 2016

German artist Sigmar  Polke (13 February 1941 – 10 June 2010) was one of the most accomplished, voraciously experimental of the second half of the last century and one the most representatives of the German contemporary arts. He experimented with all techniques, eluding easy categorization. He died from cancer at the age of 69

In 1963 he founded the painting movement Capitalist realism with Gerhard Richter and Konrad Lueg, an art movement of an anti-style of art, appropriating the pictorial shorthand of advertising. He experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials to later concentrate his work on photography. In the 80’s he returned to paint to produce abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products.

During a five-decade career, Polke worked on painting, photography, film, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, television, performance.

To know more about this artist, take a look at this video from the Städel Museum: Untitled (Rotation)

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