Les infamies photographiques de Sigmar Polke / The photographic infamies of Sigmar Polke

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Le Bal, 2019. Edition of 600.
Softcover, 170 x 240 mm, 228 pp., illustrated throughout.
Photographs by Sigmar Polke. Text by Bernard Marcadé, Bice Curiger, Fritz Emslander, Harald Szeemann (English, French). Design by Roger Willems.

Produced in a small edition of 600 copies and already out of print, this publication displays a collection of never-seen-before photographs which all belong to the artist's son, Georg Polke. Designed by Roger Willems (ROMA), the book highlights the jubilant and almost cheeky relationship that the artist had with the photographic medium during a key creative period : 1970-1986. 

Page by page, the many photographic genres and experiments usual to Polke's practice reveal themselves, creating a body of work partly family album, partly road movie. The book also insists on the important place the chemical and photographic experiments held in the painter's practice. The book also contains a rare 1985 interview of the artist by Bice Curiger as well as texts by Bernard Marcadé, Bice Curiger, Fritz Emslander and Harald Szeemann. A key publication on the photographic practice of Polke and a treasure trove archive of rare images!

Published to coincide with the exhibition 'Les infamies photographiques de Sigmar Polke' held at LE BAL, Paris, from September 13 to December 22, 2019, and organized in collaboration with the Morsbroich Museum.


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