Sunday, May 6, 2007

Martin Kippenberger- Abject Redemption

Martin Kippenberger
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Martin Kippenberger (born 25 February 1953 in Dortmund, died 7 March 1997 in Vienna), was an influential German artist whose penchant for mischievousness made him the focus of a generation of German enfants terrible including Albert Oehlen and Markus Oehlen, Georg Herold[1], Dieter Göls, and Günther Förg. His work experimented with polemical ideas; and in a rush to execute every sort of image that occupied his thoughts he made a mark on the art world of the 1990s. The flow of paintings he produced was punctuated with works that were conceptual and often controversial. His obsessive pursuit of polemics often left a trail of offence; he once produced a sculpture of a toad being crucified. His art is related to the German art movement Neue Wilde (de:Neue Wilde).
His work was shown in the Venice Biennale in 1988 and 2003, and in the Documenta in 1997.
He was a member of the Lord Jim Lodge.
I am going to be posting alot of my"failed" paintings. Paintings that don't make the grade of the highly resolved "Chelsea" standard. You know..JUNK. It's very expensive to make a painting. Oil paints- even acrylic- isn't cheap. Canvas costs. Storage costs. Gesso costs. And truth betold like an old lover or an ugly baby..YOU still love it. Anyway. Martin Kippenberger is a painter/artist I admire because he could get away with haveing a respectable career churning out pieces that were almost intentionally "ugly" and polemic and still make it work.

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