The Final Art Work of Sigmar Polke

August 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

With his beautiful, crazy, confusing, monumental and must see retrospective winding down at MOMA I could not help thinking about the final project Sigmar Polke spent the most time on. Forget that everyone has found it impossible to decode his enormously confusing body of work (see review links below). It turns out Polke use to be a stained glass artist and he spent the last 3 years of his life designing stained glass windows for the Grossmünster Church in Zurich using a variety of techniques including thinly sliced geodes. Much like the MOMA retrospective that Peter Schjeldahl calls, “the most dramatic (and important) museum show of the century to date”, the final stained glass works are a wonder. 

Sigmar Polke

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Sigmar Polke Elijah Chariot

 All Images via http://www.grossmuenster.ch/polke.html

 

A PDF (from the church web site) explaining the entire project can be viewed here.

via Sigmar Polke – Church Windows Grossmünster Zürich from ikonoTV on Vimeo.

 

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/04/28/shock-artist

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/05/12/many-colored-glass-2

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117806/sigmar-polkes-alibis-reviewed-jed-perl

http://galleristny.com/2014/03/connecting-polkes-dots-moma-decodes-the-work-of-a-tricky-postwar-master/

 

 

The Final Art Work of Sigmar Polke

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