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Untitled

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Sigmar Polke
German, 1941–2010

Date

1998

Medium

Synthetic lacquer and pigment on polyester fabric

Accession #

1999.38

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

A student of the Düsseldorf School, Sigmar Polke together with Gerhard Richter and Konrad Fischer established Capitalist Realism, a movement that often parodied mechanical reproduction in a freely rendered and self-mocking fashion. Untitled presents a face in a slightly askew frame. The face, slightly familiar but not quite recognizable, is composed of dots that replicate the Benday pattern of commercial printing processes. The off-kilter position of the frame and Benday pattern together suggest a mechanical printing error, resulting in an image that is simultaneously prosaic and mystic.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable

Image Copyright

© Estate of Sigmar Polke