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Creator Name: Kiefer, Anselm
Creator Nationality: German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1945
Biography: Anselm Kiefer German, 1945-One of the most significant and reclusive artists of the past 20 years, Anselm Kiefer was born in Donaueschingen, Bavaria, two months before the end of World War II. His enormous mixed-media canvases, as well as his smaller bookworks, are laden with cultural, political, mythic, and religious symbolism. These works are made in direct response to his Teutonic heritage and, in particular, Germany's war experience. Kiefer addresses questions regarding German identity in the postwar world, a highly sensitive subject that has brought him both critical acclaim and adamant opposition. Kiefer studied law and French at the University of Freiburg in 1965 before turning to painting. He graduated in 1970 and began informal study at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf with Joseph Beuys, who encouraged him to paint despite dominance of conceptual art at the time and the declaration that painting was dead. Kiefer often spends years on a piece, working intermittently, and retains rigid control of the placement of his paintings after they leave his studio. Although Kiefer's work has changed little throughout his career, his earlier imagery relied on figurative elements and his later paintings have become more abstract, often incorporating architectural elements. He frequently begins with an enlarged photographic image, which he distorts by such techniques as scorching, staining, and burning. His materials include molten lead, tar, straw, and clay, metaphorical substances associated with the German land and its mythologies. The transformative process also recalls alchemy, a subject that interested Beuys, who believed art had the power to evoke a change of state from physical to spiritual. Kiefer has had numerous international exhibitions and published monographs, and is represented in major American and European collections. In addition to one-person exhibitions in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Israel, and England, the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized a retrospective of his work that toured the United States in 1987-88. In recent years, Kiefer has begun to make films that, rooted in the medium of photography, extend the physical and narrative qualities characteristic of all his work into the realms of motion and time. He lives in Barjac, France. A.W.
Creator Birth Place: Donaueschingen, Germany
Creator Name-CRT: Anselm Kiefer
Title: Lots Frau
Title Type: Foreign
Title: Lot's Wife
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1989
Creation End Date: 1989
Creation Date: 1989
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil paint, ash, stucco, chalk, linseed oil, polymere emulsion, salt and applied elements (e.g., copper heating coil), on canvas, attached to lead foil, on plywood panels
Dimensions: Overall: 350cm x 410cm
Inscriptions: Titled in chalk on recto of lower panel: Lots Frau
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1990.8.a
ID Number: 1990.8.b
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Copyright: "All copyright and rights in the nature of copyright are, of course, retained by the artist, and the proper law governing this sale will be the law of England and Wales." d'Offay purchase agreement
AMICA ID: CMA_.1990.8.a-b
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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