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Anselm Kiefer


Anselm Kiefer Biography - ArtLyst

Anselm Kiefer was born in Donaueschingen Germany in 1945. He studied at the art academies in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, and Düsseldorf starting his career as a photographer.

In 1970 while studying under the tutelage of Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf Kunstakademie he began to paint in a style which resembled Georg Baselitz. He also started to conceptualize his work which was influenced by a deep interest in German mythology and the Kabbalah.

His paintings depict his generation's ambivalence toward the grandiose impulse of German nationalism and its impact on history. Kiefer's work consistently balances the dual purposes of visually powerful imagery and intellectually critical analysis. Curator and art historian Mark Rosenthal has written of Germany's Spiritual Heroes, a painting where historical meaning is superimposed upon a setting of personal significance.

MoMA, New York (1987)
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1991)
The Metropolitan Museum, New York (1998)
Royal Academy, London (2001)
Fort Worth Museum of Art, Fort Worth (2005)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2006).

Anselm Kiefer

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