So I spent an hour tonight listening to the livestream of a conversation with Anselm Kiefer and Tim Marlow at the Royal Academy.
It was hard to hear all of what he said because the sound kept going out and Kiefer seemed to have some difficulty expressing himself in English. Nevertheless it was interesting to hear him talk about his childhood and the background stories of his earlier work.
“I have a big war on my head all the time”‘ that “shows in physical actions against the painting.” — Kiefer
Kiefer’s paintings have this sense of desolation on a massive scale – they take you into what feels like a post-apocalyptic world.
Vast, empty, haunted fields.