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Study Visit: Polke


Sigmar Polke used a wide range of media from painting, film and photography to textiles but his early work featured fashion models and everyday foodstuffs such as chocolate, sausages or biscuits.
Polke delighted in bringing together artistic conventions with modern reprographic techniques such as the overblown dots that are familiar in modern newsprint. As a commentator in the Tate’s catalogue of his works points out, this ‘increases (their) sense of unfamiliarity, blurring the boundary between the objective reproduction of reality and the subjective production of art’.
Polke’s anti-style of art has been described as appropriating the pictorial shorthand of advertising. His subversion of the traditional artistic conventions in which everyday objects are represented deprives them of their individuality in order to elevate them to the status of aesthetic signs.


Join Gerald on the 17 January at 11am at the Tate Modern for this first major exhibition of Polke’s work.
Email enquiries@oca-uk.com to book your place.

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  • I just went to see this on Monday and can confirm its worth a visit 🙂
    I was impressed by how he used household fabrics to make multilayered images, and how he questioned the idea that we can read any image clearly.
    And then I went to see the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at the RA.
    Both artists were unafraid to experiment with materials and surfaces and have inspired me to be freer with my own experimentation. I spent most of my time with my nose to the paintings trying to figure out how he created such cracked, crevassed surfaces, and yet still produce an overall cohesive painting.
    The other thing that was enlightening about both exhibitions was the back story about German culture finding its way through the shadow of the Nazis. There seems to currently be a wave of exhibitions, books and TV programs (e.g: Imagine: the Art Hitler Hated – Alan Yentob) that are allowing us to explore the richness of German culture that was lost, destroyed or hidden for 60 or 70 years.
    I would definitely recommend both exhibitions.

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