• Post-War & Contemporary Art Da auction at Christies

    Sale 7756

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction

    17 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 112

    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997)


    Price Realised  


    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997)
    signed with alias, inscribed and dated 'ANDREAS N.Y. 81' (lower right)
    oilstick on paper
    23¼ x 16½in. (59.3 x 41.8cm.)
    Executed in 1981

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    A middle-class child in a post-war, guilt-ridden country, he made the burden of his own Germanness the primary target for his vicious brand of humorous troublemaking. While most of his compatriots infused their art with a sense of historical mea culpa, Kippenberger flaunted his identity, amplifying all its problematic connotations. It might be easy to dismiss Kippenberger's identity game as a punk gesture, simply reacting to societal taboos and the intelligentsia's adherence to political correctness. Instead, I see his practice as forwarding a series of strategies designed to multiply misunderstandings and create unstable meanings. His work undermines the conventional thinking about identity politics. Kippenberger offers a liberating, non-programmatic, anti-ideological brand of political art.
    (Piotr Uklanski quoted in D. Krystof and J. Morgan, Martin Kippenberger, Tate Publishing, London, 2006.)

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    Acquired directly from the artist by a previous owner.
    Private Collection, Berlin.