Anatomy of an Artwork: Anselm Kiefer's 'Stefan'

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Born at the close of World War II, Kiefer reflects upon and critiques the dangerous myths that propelled the Third Reich to power. Fusing art and literature, painting and sculpture, the artist engages German history and the ancestral epics of life and death. Although often characterized by increasingly large scale works with additions of lead, broken glass, and dried flowers or plants, resulting in encrusted surfaces and thick layers of impasto, the two watercolors (Lots 1 & 2) on offer in the sale In Its Own Light: The Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw present a rare opportunity to see a softer side to Kiefer while still incorporating his German past and reconciling the fragility of life and death.

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”
New York | 2 March

Anatomy of an Artwork: Anselm Kiefer's 'Stefan'

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