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Les infamies photographiques de Sigmar Polke (Sigmar Polke's Photographic Infamies)

Publisher: Paris: Le Bal, 2019
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113962



First edition, first printing. Soft cover. Photographically illustrated wrappers. Mixed-media works by Sigmar Polke. Designed by Roger Willems. Text (in French & English) by Harald Szeeman, Bernard Marcadé, and Fritz Emslander. Also includes an interview with the artist by Bice Curiger. 228 pp., with 130 four-color and black-and-white plates. Monograph of previously unpublished photographs by Sigmar Polke belonging to his son Georg Polke.

This publication was limited to 600 unnumbered copies.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Les infamies photographiques de Sigmar Polke" at Le Bal, Paris, 13 September–22 December 2019.




Extract from Malva Alcea (Sigmar's Mallow) by Harald Szeemann: "A picture is and is not a key, a key is chemistry, no key is chemistry, chemistry is poison, poison is risk, risk is poison, risk is painting, painting is hiding, in hiding new colors emerge, new colors are new dangers, dangers are desires, desires are keys."

From the publisher: "Published by LE BAL on the occasion of the exhibition, this publication displays a collection of never-seen-before photographs which all belong to the artist's son, Georg Polke. Designed by Roger Willems, the book highlights the jubilant and almost cheeky relationship that the artist had with the photographic medium during a key creative period : 1970-1986. Page by page, the many photographic genres and experiments usual to Polke's practice reveal themselves, creating a body of work partly family album, partly road movie. The book also insists on the important place the chemical and photographic experiments held in the painter's practice.

Produced in a small edition of 600 copies, the book also contains a rare 1985 interview of the artist by Bice Curiger as well as texts by Bernard Marcadé, Bice Curiger, Fritz Emslander and Harald Szeemann. A key publication on the photographic practice of Polke and a treasure trove archive of rare images!"