An installation view of the exhibition Paintings from Germany, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2002.

Paintings from Germany

In 1961, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter enrolled in the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, to be followed in 1962 by Blinky Palermo. Each student had found their way to the renowned art school from various areas of East Germany and within the first years at the academy, productive and competitive friendships would be formed and collaborations, taking on various shapes, would emerge. This exhibition will present a selection of paintings, which demonstrate the formal and thematic interests of this highly influential artistic group as they grappled with the dominance of the American Pop movement and their own German cultural inheritance.

In the early years of the 1960s, Polke's and Richter's growing dissatisfaction with the predominating style of the academy of Art Informel, motivated them to seek other sources. A 1963 visit to Paris, where they discovered the work of Roy Lichtenstein, set the stage for their own very individual explorations of popular culture and problems of style. It was Lichtenstein's anti-painterly technique, one devoid of the artist's hand, which would influence the work Polke and Richter both on a practical and conceptual level.

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Dates
May 4June 29, 2002
Artist
Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Palermo
A painting by Gerhard Richter, titled Gilbert & George (#379), dated 1975.

Gilbert & George, 1975
Oil on canvas
31.5 x 39.4 in (80 x 100 cm)
A drawing by Gerhard Richter, titled Study for Kleiner Akt, dated 1967.

Study for Kleiner Akt (Small Nude), 1967
Graphite on paper
22 1/4 x 16 1/2 in (56.5 x 41.9 cm)
An installation view of the exhibition Paintings from Germany, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2002.
An installation view of the exhibition Paintings from Germany, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2002.
A painting by Sigmar Polke, titled Untitled (Strandleben), dated 1968.

Sigmar Polke

Untitled (Strandleben) (Beach Life), 1968
Dispersion on canvas
35 x 29.5 in (89 x 75 cm)
A painting by Sigmar Polke, titled Plastik-Wannen, dated 1964.

Sigmar Polke

Plastik-Wannen (Plastic Tubs), 1964
Oil on canvas
37.4 x 47.2 in (95 x 120 cm)

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