A retrospective volume of Anselm Kiefer's work, this catalogue addresses the artist's entire career through the lens of one compelling theme. From his earliest sculptures to his recent highly textured paintings, Anselm Kiefer has woven themes of heaven and earth into his work, exploring the polarities of these ideas while struggling to define the transcendent quality that places art squarely in between. Destruction and rebirth, glory and shame, sin and redemption all figure prominently in Kiefer's often controversial depictions of Germany's physical and cultural landscape. This catalogue of more than sixty reproductions includes Kiefer's first work, "Heaven", as well as numerous other rare early works. It features brand new, previously unpublished watercolours produced specifically for the publication as well as an interview with the artist.
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Michael Auping is Chief Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas.From Booklist:
Kiefer is an international art star and a German master of scorched and scummy stuff who deploys a prodigious vision on an enormous scale. Curator Auping presents a superb introduction to Kiefer's work since the 1960s in a book accompanying a widely traveling exhibit that is organized around the artist's philosophical underpinnings. Born in 1945, Kiefer makes art in the wake of World War II that represents a constant struggle between the burdens of history and the quest for spiritual redemption. The viewer must decide whether it's bombast or humble desire that leads him to explore and embrace the universe in paintings and sculpture that attempt to corral science and serpents, angels and sperm, kabbalah and cosmology. Kiefer's world is famously gray, typified by his extensive use of lead as a symbol of ambiguity, alchemy, and human potential. Another recurring theme is the book as icon, vessel, and transformative object. Auping's reverent essay and his Q&A with Kiefer steer clear of personality and stick close to the work. Steve Paul
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Book Description Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Associatio, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0929865243
Book Description Modern Art Museum of Fort Wort, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110929865243
Book Description Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Associatio. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0929865243 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0514759