Sigmar Polke, ‘"...Höhere Wesen befehlen" ’, Christie's

Signature: (xix) and (xx) printed paper

Munich, Stdtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Bilder Objekte Filme Konzepte, April-May 1973, p. 141, no. 209 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

New York, Christie's, Painting Object Film Concept: Works from the Herbig Collection, February-March 1998, p. 223, no. 89 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

A. Brooks, Subjective Realities, Works from the Refco Collection of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2003, pp. 190-193 (illustrated).

K. Halbreich, ed., Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, New York: Museum of Modern Art, exh. cat., 2014, pp. 2 and 103 (another example illustrated).

Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

Private collection, New York

Anon. sale; Christie's London, 24 June 2005, lot 186

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Sigmar Polke

Characterized by wit and endless inventiveness, Sigmar Polke created an oeuvre that is wildly diverse in its exploration of mediums and materials. Inspired by his fascination with science and alchemy, Polke innovated techniques in painting and photography by manipulating chemical processes. Life in post-war Germany led the artist to establish Capitalist Realism, an ironic exploration of consumerism using the imagery of popular culture and advertising, evident in his 1976 collage on paper Supermarkets aus dem Zyklus, Wir Kleinbürger (translated as “Supermarkets from the Cycle, We Petty Bourgeoisie”), featuring iconic Superman figures shopping in a brand-laden supermarket.

German, 1941-2010, Oleśnica, Poland, based in Cologne, Germany