Per Kirkeby

ISBN: 9781854378217
Artist(s): Per Kirkeby
Author(s): Achim Borchardt-Hume
Format: paperback
Year published: 2009
Publisher: Tate
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 176
Illustrations: 130 colour illustrations


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Per Kirkeby was born in Denmark in 1938 and came to prominence as part of the rise of “New Painting” in the early 1980s, alongside artists including Georg Baselitz and A.R. Penck. A geologist by training, who still takes part in expeditions, Kirkeby’s work has ranged across styles and media in a geological excavation of art history.

This lavishly illustrated book, that will be the most comprehensive publication on Kirkeby yet published in English, explores the trajectory of an artistic career that has spanned half a century. Early history paintings, borrowing from Dutch still lifes and German Romantic landscapes, were followed by a move into Pop Art, with themes derived from packaging and comics.Sculptural themes range from designs for architecture to fragmented human forms. Large-scale ‘heroic’ paintings from the 1980s and the pastoral “Walden” series from the 1990s are as large as five metres across.

These monumental works contrast with the small-scale, never-before published watercolours of Greenland landscapes, etchings and the blackboards on which Kirkeby has mapped out his ideas since the 1970s. A newly commissioned essay by Richard Shiff and an interview conducted by curator Achim Borchardt-Hume combine with a selection from Kirkeby’s own extensive writings to provide a fascinating overview of this multi-faceted and internationally renowned artist in his seventieth year. Condition: Fine


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