New York

New York

“Sigmar Polke: Works on Paper, 1963-1974”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
April 1–June 16, 1999

Curated by Margit Rowell

Unlike our homegrown heroes, the Germans seem to have emerged from ’80s-style big painting (and postmodernism generally) with their reputations intact. At the top of the heap, Sigmar Polke is but a half step behind his fellow Capitalist Realist, ubiquitous über-artist of the moment, Gerhard Richter. This exhibition, the first major US museum show to focus on Polke’s drawings, gouaches, and sketchbooks, brings together 200 classic works on paper from 1963 to 1974. Organized by MoMA’S Margit Rowell, this exhibition, like the 1995-97 touring show of the artist’s photographic oeuvre, promises to round out the view of Polke’s production. Apr. 1–June 16; travels to Kunsthalle Hamburg July 16–Oct. 17.