Martin Kippenberger
German, 1953-1997
High auction record
$23m, Christie's, 2014
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Martin Kippenberger: The Posters and Invitation Cards 1977 - 1997,
Sculpture after Artschwager,
David Nolan Gallery

Martin Kippenberger emerged amidst Neo-Expressionism as an artistic provocateur. Taking on a range of figures and movements—from his proclaimed hero Pablo Picasso to Pop, Minimalism, Socialist Realism, and Expressionism—Kippenberger’s prolific paintings, sculptures, and installations commented on the modern world and the artist’s role in it. He explored concepts like consumerism, originality, and self-mythology, and struggled with the “perceived death of painting.” In 1987, he turned a monochrome canvas by Gerhard Richter into a coffee table; in his series “Lieber Maler, Male Mir” (“Dear Painter, Paint for Me”), he commissioned a commercial artist named Werner to produce several works, then signed them “Werner Kippenberger”. Kippenberger is also known for his many self-portraits—often inserting himself into historical paintings—and for his “Peter” sculptures of readymade objects …

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