Martin KippenbergerSand in the Vaseline 1986

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Martin Kippenberger (1953‑1997)
Sand in the Vaseline
Sand in der Vaseline
Date 1986
MediumScreenprint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 998 x 699 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2005
Not on display


Together with fellow German artist Albert Oehlen (born 1954), Martin Kippenberger spent the period from December 1985 to March 1986 in Brazil. Sand in the Vaseline was a book by Kippenberger that took its name from a 1974 work by American artist Ed Ruscha (born 1937), and constitutes a part of the large quantity of work Kippenberger produced following his return to Germany. This poster was created for the occasion of the book’s launch at CDD Galerie Düsseldorf in August 1986.

Though prolific as a painter, sculptor, musician and writer, the 178 posters created by Kippenberger throughout his career form a significant body of work. Normally created as screen prints or lithographs in standard advertisement sizes, they were used to promote a wide variety of events from art exhibitions to upcoming parties. From 1986 Kippenberger began to group his posters into folios, though these were united more by date than by similarity of style or function… (read more)

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