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Sick Art

Artist:
Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945)
Date:
1974
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, and ballpoint pen on paper
Dimensions:
7 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. (20 x 23.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.14.10
Not on view
In another use of images from his trip to northern Norway, Kiefer here befouls the charming vista of a fjord with pink boils of paint, scrawling the title "Sick Art" across the top of the postcard view. The phrase brings to mind the infamous 1937 Munich exhibition "Entartete Kunst" (Degenerate Art), for which the Nazis assembled more than 650 modernist works from German public collections in order to demonstrate that such art was unacceptable and "un-German." Ironically, the subject here is set in the very landmass that, through Old Norse literature (the Edda), is known as the chief source of knowledge about German mythology.
Inscription: Inscribed top in ballpoint pen: Kranke Kunst; inscribed lower right in ballpoint pen: für Julia [für Julia]
private collection (1974–83; sold in 1983 to d'Offay); [Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1983–95; sold to MMA]

Kunstverein Freiburg. "Anselm Kiefer: Aquarelle 1970–1980," September 18–October 18, 1981, unnumbered cat. (as "Kranke Kunst").

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 15, 1998–March 21, 1999, no. 13.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes by Klee and Kiefer," January 19–September 30, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Broken Flowers and Grass: Nature and Landscape in the Drawings of Anselm Kiefer," March 24–August 2, 2009, no catalogue.

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Anselm Kiefer," September 27–December 14, 2014, no. 18.

R. H. Fuchs. Anselm Kiefer. Exh. cat., Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Eindhoven, 1979, unpaginated, ill. (color), calls it "Kranke Kunst".

R. H. Fuchs. Anselm Kiefer: Aquarelle 1970–1980. Exh. cat., Kunstverein Freiburg. Freiburg, 1981, unpaginated.

Nan Rosenthal in "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1994–1995." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 53 (Autumn 1995), p. 68.

Nan Rosenthal. Anselm Kiefer: Works on Paper in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1998, pp. 39–41, 93, no. 13, ill. (color).

Christian Weikop in Anselm Kiefer. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts. London, 2014, pp. 44–45, 225, no. 18, ill. p. 92 (color).



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