Kippenberger

The collection at the Stedelijk is pretty great, but l kept seeing sameness, unchanging qualities. Martin Kippenberger, for example, was a talented painter, in a completely normative way. His fooling around was fun to do and is fun to watch, but it seems to arise out of his consciousness of the unbreakable conventionality of “art.” I think that captures Kippenberger.

Martin Kippenberger, Drei Häuser mit Schlitzen (Betty Ford Klinik, Stammheim, Jüdische Grundschule) 1985

Martin Kippenberger, Drei Häuser mit Schlitzen (Betty Ford Klinik, Stammheim, Jüdische Grundschule) 1985

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One Response to Kippenberger

  1. Mike says:

    yeah but the frog on the cross with the stein is pretty good. the same way the gober leg is good. the same way the broodthaers mussel-pot is good. the same way the koons flower dog is good. the same way manzoni’s shit is good. the same way any artist takes something normal and spits it back at you for your sweet contemplation. if that is normative, sign me up. the painting of a saddened man with a distended belly, clothed in oversized underpants does not seem fun to me. but hey, to each their own…

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