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Sigmar Polke

'. . . Höhere Wesen befehlen' (Higher Beings Ordain)

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 25,000 USD

Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA

Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke

'. . . Höhere Wesen befehlen' (Higher Beings Ordain)

'. . . Höhere Wesen befehlen' (Higher Beings Ordain)

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 25,000 USD

Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA

Sigmar Polke

1941 - 2010

'. . . Höhere Wesen befehlen' (Higher Beings Ordain)


(Berlin: Edition René Block, 1968), 14 offset lithographs, each with printed title in the margin, framed, one with a Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf, label with hanging guide on the reverse, 1966-68, printed in 1968, no. 15 from an edition of 30; together with the colophon/plate list, framed. Folio, maroon portfolio with flaps and printed title and edition information, enclosed in a maroon clamshell box with leather blindstamped title label on the spine (16)

images: each 8 ½ by 6 ⅜ in. (21.6 by 16.8 cm.)

frames: each 13 ½ by 10 in. (34.3 by 25.4 cm.)

portfolio box: 13 ⅛ by 9 ½ in. (33.3 by 24.1 cm.)

Please note the colors in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. While these offset lithographs have not been examined out of their frames, they appear to be in generally excellent condition On the reverse of the frame for 'Korrektur an der Handlinien', there is a Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf,, label complete with hanging guide.


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"While I have long worked with nineteenth-century photographs (see Lot 50), I have always been interested in the whole history of photography. I am particularly drawn to the photographic works of the 1960s, in part because so much of it critically engages with the medium and its history. Polke’s portfolio is a prime example of this. In one of his most humorous and critical uses of photography, Polke attaches a lofty title, which suggests an almost divine command to create, to a series of images that are downright ridiculous: pictures of various things that resemble palm trees, but are decidedly not. Presented in a form usually reserved for more serious and informative endeavors, Polke’s silly images form a kind of anti-typology, compiling a group of things that look vaguely similar formally, but tell us nothing about the subject they supposedly represent. The portfolio also mocks the post-war German taste for artificial palm trees, and palm print materials, suggesting that perhaps a glove standing upright on a table was as well suited to stand in for the real thing as something that looked more like it." - Michael Lee


The Lee Gallery was founded by Mack Lee in 1981 with the intention to build fine photography collections for museums and private collectors. The gallery has been a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) since 1984. Michael Lee, the current director of Lee Gallery, serves on AIPAD’s board as Chair of the Membership Committee and First Vice President of the Executive Committee.