Sigmar Polke, ‘Ohne Titel’, 1993, Christie's

Signature: signed with initials and dated 'S.P. 93' (lower right); signed again and dated again 'S. Polke 93' (on the overlap)

New York, Nahmad Contemporary, Threads of Metamorphosis: Fabric Pictures by Sigmar Polke, November 2014-January 2015, p. 28, no. 5 (illustrated in color).

Galerie Ha.-Jo. Müller, Cologne

Anon. Sale; Kunsthaus Lempertz, Brussels, 3 December 2010, lot 58

Private collection, Europe

Acquired from the above 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