Polke layers different materials to create this collaged work, including wood, cloth, and paint.
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Here's another element of the work that draws the eye. This is a framed collage containing a newspaper cutting and a book cover, with the author’s name intentionally hidden.
Sigmar Polke takes images from the mass media and prints them onto various elaborate combinations of cloth.
Over a dull domestic interior, the word Kathreiner, taken from a wooden crate, refers to a well-known brand of malt coffee that was drunk in Germany during the years of the economic miracle.
To emphasize his postmodern ideas, Polke savagely criticizes the artistic tradition by inverting his own name.
Polke or Matisse?
Signing as 'Henri Matisse' in the bottom left corner, Polke ironizes in this way on the need for an artwork to be signed in order to guarantee its authenticity and therefore its value.
Kathreiner’s Morgenlatte, Sigmar Polke, 1969–79
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