B-Boy Limping

Martin, into the corner
March 1, 2009, 11:08 am
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There are a lot of words swirling around to describe Martin Kippenberger, the German artist whose first American retrospective opens today at MoMA. Two that stand out are “prolific” and “excessive.” Prolific, and prodigiously so, because he had a compulsive desire to create, and his work ranges from sculpture to photographs to prints to posters to sketches on hotel stationery. Excessive because he consumed life’s inspirations in its many forms and lived irreverently and passionately, eventually dying of liver cancer at the age of 44. He was a member of the post-war German enfant terrible, a group that developed bold and disobedient personalities to pair with their art. Kippenberger pokes fun and mock-atones for that deliberate disobedience and more in one of my favorite pieces from the show, Martin, Into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself . If you like over-the-top German dandies, go check it out.


Martin Kippenberger. (German, 1953-1997). Martin, Into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself. 1992. Cast aluminum, clothing, and iron plate, 71 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 13 1/2″ (181.6 x 74.9 x 34.3 cm).


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