Sale: 387 / Post War/ Contemporary Art, Dec. 10. 2011 in Munich Lot 312

 
Martin Kippenberger - Ohne Titel

312
Martin Kippenberger
Ohne Titel, 1991.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 18,000 / $ 19,800
Sold:
€ 30,000 / $ 33.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Watercolor and pencil.
Monogrammed and dated lower right. On laid paper. 41,7 x 56 cm (16,4 x 22 in), size of sheet.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Klein, Bad Münstereifel (previously Bonn).
Private collection Hesse.

EXHIBITION: Martin Kippenberger, New Work, San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art, 1991. The work is shown on p. 132 in the catalog "Martin Kippenberger, I had a Vision“, San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art 1991, released on occasion of the exhibition.

Martin Kippenberger was one of the most versatile and prolific post-war German artists. Exuberantly energetic, he produced an enormous and variegated ½uvre, ranging from painting, prints and sculpture to Installation and Happening. He was engaged in almost all aspects of art, being actively involved in organizing exhibitions, and worked in publishing between the 1970s and his untimely death. His chief concern was questioning the assumptions of society at large and the art scene in particular while plumbing the possibilities that might remain for contemporary art. Assuming an intentional amateurishness, he attacked the art industry in provocatively trite or ironical pictorial inventions, which could on occasion be deliberately tasteless, and in nonsense texts. He was never squeamish about overstepping the bounds of good taste. Martin Kippenberger grew up in a cultured, art-loving family. After doing badly at school and dropping out of an apprenticeship as a decorator, he began to study painting at the Hamburg Art Academy in 1972. Kippenberger embarked on his first large-scale art project in 1976 while spending a year in Florence and it was followed by a catalogue in 1977. In 1978 Kippenberger moved to Berlin, where he founded 'Kippenbergers Büro' with Gisela Capitain and managed Club SO 36. In the course of organizing exhibitions and concerts, Kippenberger began to buy work by contemporaries and met Max Hetzler, who would become his agent. In the 1980s Kippenberger produced many of his own works and had his first large-scale exhibition at a museum in Darmstadt in 1986: 'Miete Strom Gas' ['Rent Electricity Gas']. He also collaborated with Albert Oehlen, Werner Büttner and Georg Herold on joint projects. In 1990 Kippenberger was a visiting professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and taught at the Gesamthochschule Kassel in 1992.

In 1991 he made a series of watercolors, which show the bindings of Martin Kippenberger’s books with a magnifying glass. However, the section under the magnifying glass is not enlarged or blurred, it is just there. Martin Kippenberger was inspired to do so by Marcel Broodthaers, a Belgian artist (1924-1976) who had used the same motif. "In the past I would just take things from others for my own art, sculptures, objects, books, etc. Things I liked and that I wanted to inegrate into my work. [..]. Unconsciously I still use references, but usually I try to approach my own work with a 'frank, fresh, frish, free‘ attitude. Or those who put “my production“ together, my assistants, have decisive impact. Maybe they follow my instructions, but they use their skills and ways to worm on 'my view'." (translation of quote after: Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Munich 1994, p. 14). Martin Kippenberger also applied this approach with our work, he delegated its execution to Merlin Carpenter, an English artist.

A large-scale, long-term project that would keep him busy for the rest of his life was the realization of a world-wide underground railway, for which he designed and built an entrance in Syros, Greece, in 1993, another in Dawson City, Canada, in 1995 and a third in 1997 at the Leipzig Trade Fair. It was posthumously supplemented that same year by a ventilation shaft executed after his plans in Münster and a portable entrance at documenta X in Kassel. [DB].

312
Martin Kippenberger
Ohne Titel, 1991.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 18,000 / $ 19,800
Sold:
€ 30,000 / $ 33.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)