Sigmar Polke

1941 · Germany

Artist biography

Sigmar Polke is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from Germany. Sigmar Polke was born in 1941. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Sigmar Polke and Rebecca Horn.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Sigmar Polke's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in the United Kingdom, Austria, and the Netherlands. Some of those galleries are Skarstedt Gallery | London and David Zwirner | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Galerie Meyer Kainer in Austria. Sigmar Polke's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Objects: Real and Imagined at Michael Werner | London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 22 January 2020 until 20 March 2020. Sigmar Polke's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; "Zeitreise" – Photographs 1966 – 1986 Collection Georg Polke (05 March 2020 - 08 May 2020) at Galerie Max Hetzler | Goethestrasse in Berlin and Strand (23 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) at Sies + Höke in Düsseldorf. Sigmar Polke's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Trademarks and took place at Galerie Schönewald in Düsseldorf, Germany from the 15 November 2019 to 06 December 2019.

Sigmar Polke in private collections

It is the collector CM Collection, who is in possession of work by Sigmar Polke at Artland. CM Collection also has works by other artists including Douglas Mandry, Michele Gabriele, and Won Sou-Yeol.

Further Biographical Context for Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke was born in 1941 and was primarily inspired by the 1960s. Artistically, the decade began with the twin movements of Pop and Minimalism emerging at a similar time. On one hand, Pop advocated the visual culture of the mainstream and mass media, and of products and consumerism. The work of art by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and Claes Oldenberg was inspired by the popular culture of the fast developing Capitalism of the United States, taking things like advertising, comic books and ideas surrounding celebrity culture as their primary visual cues. A parallel movement developed on the West Coast in California - a strain that also related to language in art, and is viewed as the initial developments of conceptual art. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key constituents of both painting and sculpture. The key figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a prominent offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, a number of artistic movements echoed the artistic concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional specialties and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their distinguishing approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

Sigmar Polke

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 12

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