|About the Book|
The innovation of Anselm Kiefers majestic art has been to combine history paintings grandeur of scale and concept with Abstract Expressionisms emphatic materiality and worked surface. This unusual combination has made for works of Wagnerian ambition, as Kiefer draws on German history, literature and mythology to attack what Herfried Munkler, writing in the Louisiana Museums new Kiefer monograph, describes as a uniquely German bourgeois yearning for clear patterns of behavior defined by virtues and values. The tragic dimensions of this yearning bestow upon Kiefers post-Holocaust canvases an immense gravity, conveyed through a sober, murky palette and scrawled poetical inscriptions. Kiefer often burns materials, or adds sand, to embellish this mood of weathered decay. This new monograph surveys works from the beginning of Kiefers career in the late 1960s (including spreads of his early book works) to 2010.