Margarete (1981) by Anselm Kiefer (Saatchi collection)
The Romanian poet Paul Celan was the only member of his family to survive incarceration in a concentration camp during the Holocaust, but committed suicide in 1970, at the age of 49, after producing a body of work that included the searingly painful poem, "Death Fugue". In it he talks of the inhabitants of the camp drinking black milk and digging graves in the sky. Two figures
Anselm Kiefer- is a bewildering artist to get to grips with. The word that comes up most often when his work is discussed is the heart-sinking and slippery "references". His vast pictures, thick with paint and embedded with objects from sunflowers and diamonds to lumps of lead, nod to the Nazis and Norse myth, to Kabbalah and the Egyptian gods, to philosophy and poetry, and to alchemy and the spirit of materials. How is one to unpick such a complex personal cosmology?
Kiefer's Bleak Horrors Of War Fill An Entire Building
Anselm Kiefer, a major figure in post-World War II German art, depicts war and its aftermath in his paintings and sculptures. Kiefer has pieces in many major collections, and now he's one of only two artists to have a dedicated building at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
paintedout: “Anselm Kiefer, Was sagte Odin zum toten Balder als dieser auf dem Holzstaub lag, 2007, Oil, emulsion, acrylic, shellac, ceramic, lead, fabric, metal, sand and chalk on canvas in glass and...