Sigmar Polke – Wunder von Siegen | Miracle of Siegen

Exhib'publication. Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen. DuMont 2008. Contributors: Eva Schmidt, Siegfried Gohr, Charles W. Haxthausen. English, German. 126 pages, 93 ill. (91 col.). 24 x 30.5 cm. 998 g. Hardcover. 9783832190484. art-14868
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Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) has been experimenting for more than 40 years with different styles and subject matter as well as with a variety of materials and techniques.

His creative diversity is demonstrated powerfully in the new group of works presented in this book, the so-called ‘lenticular pictures’, or lens paintings. Polke applies a layer of structure gel, usually used to thicken acrylic paint, to a previously painted picture and then slides a saw-toothed scraper over the surface, to which he later adds more paint. The resulting works have an unexpected three-dimensional quality, providing the viewer with different images according to the angle from which the painting is viewed.

Photographs showing the paintings in progress – all specially selected for the book by Polke – reveal the artist’s idiosyncratic use of surface, his application of colour and his subtly humorous way of combining abstraction and realism.