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Polke’s work often brings together images from different sources and visual styles, with abstract and figurative elements jostled together in the same painting. Here a winged angel and a group of women are combined with areas of free-flowing paint reminiscent of contemporary abstraction. The classical imagery has been enlarged to show the black benday dots from which it is composed, emphasising its source in an existing printed image. Dripping and flowing painterly gestures are usually associated with individualism energy and dynamism, but Polke’s use of them seems to ironically question those values.

April 2008