Martin Kippenberger

Martin Kippenberger’s premature death in 1997 at the age of 43 brought to an end one of the most prolific and controversial careers in 20th-century art. While some critics dismissed the German painter and sculptor as a showman, others hailed him as the greatest artist of his era. His personal history and bad-boy image have often obscured the importance of his work; this book shows that his legacy has influenced generations of artists.

Essays examine the themes underlying Kippenberger’s work, including Socialist Realism and kitsch; self portraiture and myth; punk and anti-romanticism; and exile and homelessness. A new translation of Kippenberger’s final interview ensures his own idiosyncratic voice is present.

Text: Ktystof Doris, Williams Gregory et al. cm 24×20,5; pp. 192; 130 COL e 20 BW ills.; paperback. Publisher: Tate Gallery Publishing, London, 2006.

ISBN: 9781854376206| 1854376209

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Martin Kippenberger’s premature death in 1997 at the age of 43 brought to an end one of the most prolific and controversial careers in 20th-century art. While some critics dismissed the German painter and sculptor as a showman, others hailed him as the greatest artist of his era. His personal history and bad-boy image have often obscured the importance of his work; this book shows that his legacy has influenced generations of artists.

Essays examine the themes underlying Kippenberger’s work, including Socialist Realism and kitsch; self portraiture and myth; punk and anti-romanticism; and exile and homelessness. A new translation of Kippenberger’s final interview ensures his own idiosyncratic voice is present.