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Nils Karsten

Shooting Stars (Dreamers), 2015

Graphite and collage on paper
11 × 11 in
27.9 × 27.9 cm
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New York
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Nils Karsten
German, b. 1970
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Though Nils Karsten received both his BFA and MFA in painting, he has become known for printmaking, collage, and drawing because of his preference for working with paper. Karsten aptly summarizes his practice in saying, “I like to invent techniques, I love to steal images.” The artist is infamous for his six-foot-square, hand-carved woodblock prints, using a process that Karsten developed over the course of seven years. His collages are composed of clippings from newspapers and magazines, while his drawings borrow or reimagine text and imagery from popular culture like song lyrics, children’s toys, and celebrity autographs. Karsten draws influence from Otto Dix, Sigmar Polke, Henry Darger, and the German Surrealists of the 1930s.

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Nils Karsten
German, b. 1970
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Though Nils Karsten received both his BFA and MFA in painting, he has become known for printmaking, collage, and drawing because of his preference for working with paper. Karsten aptly summarizes his practice in saying, “I like to invent techniques, I love to steal images.” The artist is infamous for his six-foot-square, hand-carved woodblock prints, using a process that Karsten developed over the course of seven years. His collages are composed of clippings from newspapers and magazines, while his drawings borrow or reimagine text and imagery from popular culture like song lyrics, children’s toys, and celebrity autographs. Karsten draws influence from Otto Dix, Sigmar Polke, Henry Darger, and the German Surrealists of the 1930s.

Nils Karsten

Shooting Stars (Dreamers), 2015

Graphite and collage on paper
11 × 11 in
27.9 × 27.9 cm
Contact For Price
location
New York
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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