Sigmar Polke

Holly Solomon Gallery

The crypto-naive mode is not unique to McMahon and Chunn, of course—it has been a popular device throughout the ’70s, especially with artists involved in performance. Nor is it solely American, as the performance/painting fusions of Salome, Der Kippenberger, and other German artists demonstrate. An important influence on much current European practice is an earlier devotee of the approach, Sigmar Polke, who over the years has developed a painting style that brings together a sophisticated taste for popular culture and kitsch with a spacy transcendentalism. For years Polke has luxuriated in the delirious appropriation of material, images, and styles favored by so many artists today. He has mimicked banal forms of photography and high-Modernist abstraction, he has lifted images from wallpaper design and comic books, he has used all sorts of untraditional and unstable materials, he has used

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