Polke Richter - Drawings from the Sixties



English, brochure
34 pages
26.5 x 21 cm
Text by Dietmar Elger
Published by Sies + Höke, 2020

© The Estate of Sigmar Polke 2021; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn; Gerhard Richter 2021 (09112021)


Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter met in 1962 as students at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Richter was born in Dresden in 1932 and had already completed his first degree there. He was nine years older than his fellow student Polke. Inspired by new artistic developments in New York, London and Paris, they acquired a figurative visual language that was based on the imagery of popular mass media and borrowed its motifs and themes from glossy magazines and daily newspapers. Together with two other Academy students, Konrad Lueg and Manfred Kuttner, they founded the German version of international Pop Art under the slogan Capitalist Realism, which was to be their Federal Republican answer to the conformist East German Socialist Realism. At that time, Polke and Richter in particular cultivated a close artistic relationship and personal friendship. Richter later emphasized that he had been closer with Sigmar Polke at that time “than with anyone before”.

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