Anselm Kiefer: heaven and earth

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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in association with Prestel, 2005 - Art - 186 pages
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A retrospective volume of Anselm Kiefer's work, this catalog 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 largely in Kiefer's often controversial depictions of Germany's physical and cultural landscape. This catalog of more than sixty reproductions includes Kiefer's first work, Heaven, as well as numerous other rare early works. It features watercolors produced specifically for the publication as well as an interview with the artist.

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Published to complement a traveling exhibition on view at the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth through January 2006, this catalog offers a fascinating and enjoyably cerebral approach to German artist ... Read full review

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Anselm Kiefer was born in 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany. In 1966 he left law studies at the University of Freiburg to study art in Freiburg, Karlsruhe and Dusseldorf. His massive paintings confront twentieth-century German history head on, employing Kiefer's own array of visual symbols to comment on tragic aspects of German history and culture, particularly the Nazi era. Kieferi's work has been exhibited throughout the world in most major museums.

Michael Auping is Chief Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, and the author of books on abstract expressionism, Clyfford Still, and Arshile Gorky. The book also includes essays by Michael E. Shapiro, Joseph Rishel, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Bill Berkson, and Dore Ashton.

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