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Emanation

Artist:
Anselm Kiefer (German, born Donaueschingen, 1945)
Date:
1985
Medium:
Shellac and crayon over cut, torn, and pasted photographs
Dimensions:
H. 30, W. 26 inches
(76.2 x 66 cm.)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.14.40
Rights and Reproduction:
© Anselm Kiefer
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 5
In this abstract composition made of various photographs that have been cut and torn, treated to various processes of surface change, and then assembled, we chart a mysterious form traveling down through the clouds, materially transforming as it approaches the landscape. Kiefer inscribed the word "emanation" along the right side of the work, as if identifying where the heavenly form first meets the earthly realm.
Inscription: Titled (center right, in crayon): Emanation
private collection (from 1985; sold to d'Offay); [Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, until 1995; sold to MMA]

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. 49.

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.

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. 104, 108, 112, no. 49, ill. p. 111 (color).

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