Sigmar Polke

1941–2010

Sigmar Polke, ‘Untitled (Square 2)’ 2003
Untitled (Square 2) 2003
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Biography

Sigmar Polke (13 February 1941 – 10 June 2010) was a German painter and photographer.

Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. In the 1970s, he concentrated on photography, returning to paint in the 1980s, when he produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products. In the last 20 years of his life, he produced paintings focused on historical events and perceptions of them.

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Sigmar Polke: Invention and Experimentation

Snail juice, meteor dust and potatoes ... explore some of the unusual materials and techniques used by German artist Sigmar Polke

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Painting, Politics, Persona: What Polke Means Today?

This audio recording aims to situate Sigmar Polke's significance within a wider art historical context before unpicking the complex ...

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