An introduction to Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke is an artist whose work defies easy definitions. He is one of the most significant painters of the post-war generation, yet his career has by no means been confined to painting. Since the early 1960s Polke has experimented with a wide range of styles and subject matter, bringing together imagery from contradictory or unexpected sources, both historical and contemporary, and using a variety of different materials and techniques. In fact Polke’s artistic diversity, and his resistance to any form of categorisation, has been seen as the only consistent theme in his work.

The artist

Sigmar Polke: History of Everything: An introduction to Sigmar Polke: The artist: past Tate Modern exhibition

Printing mistakes

Sigmar Polke: History of Everything: An introduction to Sigmar Polke: Printing mistakes: past Tate Modern exhibition

Gun culture

Sigmar Polke: History of Everything: An introduction to Sigmar Polke: Gun culture

Global imagery

Sigmar Polke: History of Everything: An introduction to Sigmar Polke: Global imagery

Machine paintings

Sigmar Polke: History of Everything: An introduction to Sigmar Polke: Machine paintings

Vision and surveillance

Sigmar Polke: History of Everything: An introduction to Sigmar Polke: Vision and surveillance: past Tate Modern exhibition

Abstraction and figuraration

Sigmar Polke: History of Everything: An introduction to Sigmar Polke: Abstraction and figuraration: past Tate Modern exhibition