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    Sale 5417

    Post-War & Contemporary Art

    2 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 591

    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997)


    Price Realised  


    Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997)
    oil and pencil on canvas
    31½ x 39 3/8in. (80 x 100cm.)
    Executed circa 1980-81

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    This work is based on a photograph taken by Kippenberger of Jochen Krüger.

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    A gift from the artist to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text


    Kippenberger illustrates an example of letting work tell you what its about rather than the other way around, while at the same time being fully committed to everything you release. He showed me that redundancy can be an image, or an object, or an ideologys most useful quality (...) he showed that being socially committed does not necessarily mean that you have to feel smug or like a good guy. He shows that letting dissidence have dissonance is as powerful as anything overtly political.
    Lucy McKenzie, Now That This Has Been Done It Will Never Have To Be Done Again.Nach Kippenberger (Vienna: Schlebrugge Editor, 2003) pp. 191-5