Sigmar PolkeUntitled (Square 2) 2003

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Artist
Sigmar Polke (1941‑2010)
Title
Untitled (Square 2)
Ohne titel (Quadrat 2)
Date 2003
MediumGold paint, oil paint and acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2003 x 1904 x 20 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Tate Members, Noam and Geraldine Gottesman and private donors courtesy of the American Patrons of Tate 2004
Reference
T11856
Not on display

Summary

Polke’s work may be understood as an analysis of the mark-making central to two-dimensional representation. From his earliest practice, he emphasised a dynamic tension between expressive gesture, often humorously subverting its traditional subjectivity, and mechanical reproduction. His paintings combine found printed images with more organically-made painterly marks. He uses half-tone photography from newspapers and magazines, enlarging and reproducing it on canvas, often corrupting the original beyond recognition. From 1964 he began overlaying imagery on printed fabrics, creating a double layer of patterning and undermining the traditional relationship between subject and background… (read more)

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