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Anselm Kiefer

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Anselm Kiefer’s art can be understood as a response to the yearning to incorporate meaningful themes without giving up the credo of art’s superior meaningfulness, which is expressed by articulating the expressive mysteries implicit in matter. The two grand, eschatological paintings of this exhibition, Osiris und Isis (Osiris and Isis, 1985–87) and Brennstäbe (Nuclear fuel rods, 1984–87), are extraordinarily ambitious in their effort to reconcile these opposites. Brennstäbe deals with the material mystery of nuclear fission, in which destruction and creation, matter and energy are one. Osiris und Isis deals with the spiritual mystery of Isis’ resurrection of Osiris, who, according to legend, was slain and cut into pieces by his brother. The two mysteries are really one, for the resurrection of the body is a spiritual mystery. In an integration that has rarely been seen in recent art, physical

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