Sigmar Polke, ‘Selbstbildnis’, 1971-1973, Koller Auctions

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From the edition of artist's proofs, outside the edition of 120. Signed lower right: Sigmar Polke, also dated lower left: 1973. Image 17.8 x 19.2 cm on glossy paper 21 x 23 cm. Published by Galerie René Block, Berlin.

Contribution to the special edition of René Blocks "Grafik des Kapitalistischen Realismus", Berlin 1971.

Catalogue raisonné: Becker/Von der Osten, no. 15.

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