Lebendige Skulpturen. Gilbert & George, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter



• English / German, Hardcover
 193 pages
• 28.5 x 23.5 cm
• Published by Sies + Höke, 2019

© 2018 Gerhard Richter (25072018); Gilbert & George; The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne; Konrad Lueg; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.


Lebendige Skulpturen / Living Sculptures was an exhibition that took place at Sies + Höke in 2018, focusing on sculptural works – in the broadest sense – by Gilbert & George, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. The corresponding catalogue was awarded a prize for Best German Book Design by Stiftung Buchkunst in 2019. In the history of art, the title Living Sculpture is associated with the UK-based duo Gilbert & George. It relates to an artistic mindset the two artists presented to the public towards the end of the 1960s when they decided to make their lives, or rather themselves, the object of their art: “The day we said that we are the living sculpture, that was it. Art and life became one, and we were the messengers of a new vision.” This stance broadened the notion of sculpture within the context of the Pop, Minimal and Conceptual Art movements being discussed around this time and caused a stir – not least among the closely affiliated artists Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter based in Düsseldorf, who had been seeking new ways of making art both individually and collectively since the early 1960s. Parallel to working within the medium of painting these three artists also experimented with works that, to differing extents, approached the genre of sculpture. Known as Konrad Fischer, Lueg became Gilbert & George’s gallerist in 1969/70, and continued the exchange of ideas with the British artist duo. This publication contains two parts: a 160-page image section with ample reproductions, both of individual works and installation views, and a second part, containing an index of works as well as two essays: Living Sculptures by Moritz Wesseler and Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke – Collaborative Works and Subsequent Mirror Images by Hubertus Butin.

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