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    Sale 1905

    Post War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Session

    14 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 477

    Anslem Kiefer (b. 1945)

    Engel mit Palette

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    Anslem Kiefer (b. 1945)
    Engel mit Palette
    signed and dated 'Anslem Kiefer '78' (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    63 x 54¾ in. (160 x 139 cm.)
    Painted in 1978.


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    "Kiefer underlines the play of reflections to which the work of the artist is subjected, between the physical and mental, natural and cultural pilgrimage. His being places itself at the limit of the two entities, as a force wandering from one side to the other. The analogy of the angel is the consequence of this, in that the artist performs a crossing between heaven and earth, between spirit and body. As the transformer of images and energies, he is a messenger between physical and spiritual powers. He assumes them and returns them purified, he dives deep into them in order to raise them and turn 'the invisible into the visible'the artist can identify or represent himself in the celestial figure that conveys the gospel of painting, represented by its instrument of creation: the palette." (G. Celant, "The Destiney of Art: Anselm Kiefer" in Venezia Contemporaneo, Anselm Kiefer, Milan, 1997, p. 16).

    Provenance

    Peder Bonnier Gallery, New York
    Private collection, Oslo


    Exhibited

    Kunsthalle Bern, Anselm Kiefer, October-November 1978, p. 107, no. 102 (illustrated).
    Mannheim, Mannheimer Kunstverein E.V., Anselm Kiefer, May-June 1980 (illustrated).
    Venice, Museo Correr, Anselm Kiefer, June-November 1997, p. 204 (illustrated)