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Michael Werner

Sigmar Polke - Objects: Real and Imagined

  • Sigmar Polke

Press for Sigmar Polke - Objects: Real and Imagined

Current Exhibitions at Michael Werner


Works on Paper & Brick Sculptures

  • Per Kirkeby,
  • Opens: Nov. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 25, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sigmar Polke - Objects: Real and Imagined

  • Sigmar Polke
  • Opens: Sep. 18, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

James Lee Byars

  • James Lee Byars,
  • Opens: Jun. 27, 2019
  • Closes: Sep. 14, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dans l’Atelier

  • Markus Lüpertz,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 22, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Questions from a Painter Who Reads

  • Jörg Immendorff,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper and Paintings

  • Puvis de Chavannes,
  • Opens: Nov. 30, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 29, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Enrico David

  • Enrico David,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vile Bodies

  • Hurvin Anderson,
  • Hans Arp,
  • Georg Baselitz,
  • Joseph Beuys,
  • James Lee Byars,
  • Aaron Curry,
  • Enrico David,
  • Peter Doig,
  • Otto Dix,
  • Jean Fautrier,
  • Lucio Fontana,
  • Jörg Immendorff,
  • Per Kirkeby,
  • Henri Laurens,
  • Wilhelm Lehmbruck,
  • Eugène Leroy,
  • Markus Lüpertz,
  • A.R. Penck,
  • Francis Picabia,
  • Sigmar Polke
  • Peter Saul,
  • Félix Vallotton,
  • Don Van Vliet,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 31, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings from the 1980s and Memorial to an Unknown East German Soldier

  • A.R. Penck,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 03, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings and Bronzes from the 1980s

  • Per Kirkeby,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Georg Baselitz: 1977-1992 [Extended]

  • Georg Baselitz,
  • Opens: Nov. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings & Works on Paper

  • Peter Doig,
  • Opens: Sep. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 18, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Café Deutschland

  • Jörg Immendorff,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Is Is and Other Works

  • James Lee Byars,
  • Opens: Jun. 12, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Enrico David

  • Enrico David,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Richard Oelze

  • Richard Oelze,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Figure of Death and The Moon Column

  • James Lee Byars,
  • Opens: Jul. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Sep. 03, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Silver Paintings

  • Sigmar Polke
  • Opens: Apr. 02, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 27, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Between Light and Shadow

  • A.R. Penck,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works: 1965 - 2013

  • Gianni Piacentino,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Peter Doig,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Head Space

  • Aaron Curry,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Markus Lüpertz,
  • Opens: May. 18, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2017
  • Reception: May. 18, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Works

  • A.R. Penck,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Sep. 03, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Écriture

  • Marcel Broodthaers,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Retrospective

  • Allen Jones,
  • Opens: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

LIDL Works and Performances from the 60's

  • Jörg Immendorff,
  • Opens: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Closes: May. 13, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Foreign Body

  • Hurvin Anderson,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper

  • Don Van Vliet,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Sep. 09, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 18 - Nov 02, 2019


Where

Michael Werner

  • 4 E 77th St, New York NY 10075 Map
  • 212.988.1623

About

Michael Werner Gallery, New York is pleased to present an exhibition of early sculptures and drawings by Sigmar Polke (1941-2010), one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. Sigmar Polke - Objects: Real and Imagined features a mystifying and important body of work from the 1960s and includes loans from private and public collections.

Fascinated by the ambitious inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, Polke imagined monumental works made from plaster, glass, and leaves, as well as sculptures made from everyday items such as potatoes, beer coasters, cardboard, and matchsticks. In one of the artist's seminal works, "Constructions around Leonardo da Vinci and Sigmar Polke" (1969), Polke writes "of the possibility of using Leonardo's knowledge to place conscious or unconscious emphasis on a period of time in such a way as to form it into a nonmaterial work of art." At once highly conceptual and banal, these fantastic works explore the artist's restless curiosity and endless creativity against the bleak backdrop of Post-War Germany. Few actual sculptures were realized during this time, many of which are on view in this exhibition, including the "Potato House," "Potato Machine," "Matchstick Piece," and "Attempt at Resuscitation of Bamboo Canes." Though made early in the artist's career, these works show the clarity of vision and relentless imagination that Polke would continue to exhibit in his painting, photography, and filmmaking over the next fifty years.

Sigmar Polke was born in 1941 in the former East Germany. He was raised near Düsseldorf and enrolled in the art academy there at the age of twenty under the professorship of Joseph Beuys. Since the late 1960s Polke has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions worldwide and was a featured artist multiple times in documenta and the Venice Biennale. In 2014, the exhibition Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 opened at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and traveled to Tate Modern, London and Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Polke died in Cologne in 2010.

Sigmar Polke - Objects: Real and Imagined opens 18 September at Michael Werner Gallery in New York. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by curator and art historian Bice Curiger.


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