Anselm Kiefer, ‘Untitled (Dem Unbekannten Maler)’, ca. 1982, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Watercolor and graphite on paper, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction
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Anselm Kiefer

Untitled (Dem Unbekannten Maler), ca. 1982

Watercolor and graphite on paper
25 1/4 × 19 1/2 in
64.1 × 49.5 cm
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Anselm Kiefer critically engages with myth and memory, referencing totems of German culture and collective history. “Germans want to forget [the past] and start a new thing all the time, but only by going into the past can you go into the future,” he says. Revealing the influence of his tutelage under Joseph Beuys, Kiefer's epic-scaled, dense sculptures and paintings are often exposed to elements like acid and fire, and incorporate materials such as lead, burned books, concrete, thorny branches, ashes, and clothing; famed critic and historian Simon Schama has described his work as “heavy-load maximalism.” Kiefer’s vast-ranging references have included the Black Forest, Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and Caspar David Friedrich’s Romantic landscapes, as well as Kabbalah mysticism, Cold War politics, National Socialist architecture, and Paul Celan’s seminal body of post-Holocaust poetry. “Art is difficult,” he says. “It’s not entertainment.”

Anselm Kiefer, ‘Untitled (Dem Unbekannten Maler)’, ca. 1982, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Watercolor and graphite on paper, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction
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"Melancholy and elegy are Kiefer's principal leitmotifs and inform an understanding of his work. But Kiefer's examination of grieving is oblique; he …

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Anselm Kiefer
German, b. 1945
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Anselm Kiefer critically engages with myth and memory, referencing totems of German culture and collective history. “Germans want to forget [the past] and start a new thing all the time, but only by going into the past can you go into the future,” he says. Revealing the influence of his tutelage under Joseph Beuys, Kiefer's epic-scaled, dense sculptures and paintings are often exposed to elements like acid and fire, and incorporate materials such as lead, burned books, concrete, thorny branches, ashes, and clothing; famed critic and historian Simon Schama has described his work as “heavy-load maximalism.” Kiefer’s vast-ranging references have included the Black Forest, Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and Caspar David Friedrich’s Romantic landscapes, as well as Kabbalah mysticism, Cold War politics, National Socialist architecture, and Paul Celan’s seminal body of post-Holocaust poetry. “Art is difficult,” he says. “It’s not entertainment.”

Anselm Kiefer

Untitled (Dem Unbekannten Maler), ca. 1982

Watercolor and graphite on paper
25 1/4 × 19 1/2 in
64.1 × 49.5 cm
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