Stuttgart, Galerie Max Hetzler, Martin Kippenberger: Ein Erfolgsgeheimnis des Herrn A. Onassis, Investieren Sie in Öl, October - November 1981 New York, Zwirner & Wirth, Martin Kippenberger - Selected Works, February - April 2002 London, David Zwirner, Days in Lieu, January - February 2013
“You can only work in a way that is morally right for you. Of course you add little jokes, which may bewilder people at first, but the piece is about self-recognition for them, not for me. You can’t stand yourself next to every picture you paint and explain things. Pictures have to talk for themselves. […] It’s the imperfect pictures that go on creating some sort of tension. Of course it’s nice to paint perfect pictures; it makes for a pleasant visit to a museum.” Martin Kippenberger in conversation with Daniel Baumann in: Doris Krystof and Jessica Morgan Eds., Martin Kippenberger, Tate Publishing, London, 2006, p. 62
The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is brighter in the original. The catalogue illustration also fails to fully convey the metallic quality of the spray paint visible in the original.
This work is in very good condition. The adhesive has yellowed overtime, which is in keeping with the artist's choice of medium, and the black string towards the lower edge of the left panel is sectioned. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultraviolet light.
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