Anselm Kiefer

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

March Heath by Anselm Kiefer (source)

March Heath by Anselm Kiefer (source)

 

Kiefer’s paintings have this sense of desolation on a massive scale – they take you into what feels like a post-apocalyptic world.

Your golden hair, Margarete by Anselm Kiefer (source)

Your golden hair, Margarete by Anselm Kiefer (source)

Vast, empty, haunted fields.

Nigredo by Anselm Kiefer. (source)

Nigredo by Anselm Kiefer. (source)

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