May 31, 2016




Sigmar Polke

(German, 1941-2010)

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edition h

Offset photolithograph

Sheet: 47.9 x 60.8 cm (18 7/8 x 23 15/16 in.); Image: 46 x 59 cm (18 1/8 x 23 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.96

Catalogue raisonné: Becker & von der Ostern 3

Edition: 150



Polke's work reflects the growing influence of advertising and the media in the 1960s when German society was becoming increasingly affluent. Deriving images from newspaper and magazine photographs, Polke embraced the everyday consumer items and publicity strategies common in the popular press. He also used the most economical, prosaic means to reproduce the image—photolithography—rather than the vibrant screenprint medium favored by American Pop artists. Like Roy Lichtenstein, he simulated and enlarged the reproductive dot pattern of the photographic source, but corrupted the pattern by enlarging the screen to near illegibility, creating tension between photography and perception, issues central to Pop Art.

See also
PR - Lithograph
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