Saturday, December 13, 2008

Anselm Kiefer


Anselm Kiefer (born March 8, 1945, Donaueschingen) is a German painter and sculptor. He studied with Joseph Beuys during the 1970s. His works incorporate materials like straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac.

His works are characterised by a dull/musty, nearly depressive, destructive style and are often done in large scale formats. It is also characteristic of his work to find signatures and/or names of humans, legendary figures or places particularly pregnant with history in nearly all of his paintings. He is often gets him linked with a style called "New Symbolism."

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