Exhibition: Sigmar Polke’s Photographic Infamies
Protected content PRESENTS A SET OF UNPUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHS OF SIGMAR POLKE FROM THE Protected content AND Protected content , REVEALING POLKE AS AN ALCHEMIST OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATTER, A POET OF ALMOST NOTHING, FREEING HIMSELF FROM ALL THE RULES OF THE MEDIUM AND FIERCE COLUMNIST OF HIS TIME.
Painting contaminated by photography, photography poisoned by painting: Polke’s art is contained in this toggle switch. Polke’s photographic infamies are in this regard exemplary of an aesthetic and ethical position that is profoundly libertarian. Polke did not try to “save” painting by photography, or to ennoble photography by painting, following a rather stale notion of contemporary rhetoric. On the contrary, he amplified the two enemy sisters’ bad reputations.
— Bernard Marcadé, co-curator, extract from the text in Sigmar Polke's Photographic infamies
« MY ART IS LIKE A BUSH PRUNED BY PREJUDICE - DESPITE IT ALL WE GROW, EVEN BETTER. AND NOT ONLY DO WE PROLIFERATE UPWARDS, BUT ALSO DOWNWARDS. »
- SIGMAR POLKE
IN THE PRESS
“LIKE A MAD ALCHEMIST IN SEARCH OF GOLD THAT IS SECRETED WITHIN THE MOST COMMON METALS, POLKE CONSTANTLY POKES AT THE PHOTOGRAPHIC SURFACE, INTENT ON FINDING THE TREASURES HIDDEN BENEATH IT, TRANSMUTING THE MOST BANAL SHOTS INTO SOMETHING ELSE, SOMETHING THAT HE WOULD LIKE US TO NOT CALL ART.”
Carole Naggar, Aperture, October 15th, Protected content
We’ll have an apéro and a groupe discussion about POLKE’s work after the exhibition.
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