"I like it when my art includes references to the past, to my roots. I cannot forget what my precursors have done. Even if the results look new, as far as I am concerned, as an artist I’m following an academic path. I like tracking down certain pictures, techniques and procedures. It is a way of understanding what is largely determined by tradition."
Exh. Cat., New York, The Museum of Modern Art (and travelling), Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, 2015, p. 20