Flakin av Medusu er ein sera kendur málningur hjá Theodore Gericault, sum verður mettur at vera eitt høvuðsverk í romantiska tíðarskeiðinum. Martin Kippenberger (25 February 1953 – 7 March 1997) var ein týskur listamaður, sum var partur av sama ættarliðið sum Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen, Werner Büttner, Georg Herold og Günther Förg. Kippenberger helt uppá at gera sítt egna, at ganga í móti streyminum við myndum, sum ofta er nokk so ljótar, smakkleysar og vulgerar, men sum samstundis eru djarvar og sjálvstøðugar. Hann er ein av mínum yndismálarum, og hann verður framsýndur á Skarstedt gallarínum í New Yourk (20 East 79th Street hetta til 26.apríl. Í fleiri myndum hevur Kippenberger málað seg sjálvan í teimum ymisku leiklutunum í málninginum hjá Gericault.
Tíðindaskriv frá Skarstedt:
Inspired by Theodore Géricault’s 1819 Le Radeau de la Méduse, Kippenberger's series is demonstrative of his conflicted relationship with art historical precedents as well as his tendency to appropriate them. He posed for, then, worked from photographs, taken by his wife, Elfie Semotan. In the largest painting of the series, on loan from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the artist recapitulates the whole of Géricault’s composition; now deconstructed in a tangled mess of body parts, faces, a diversity of unrelated strokes. Martin Kippenberger was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1953; he died in Vienna, Austria in 1997. An extremely prolific artist, Kippenberger worked in multiple mediums, which included painting, sculpture, installation, drawings, posters, photography and collage. Kippenberger’s caustic and humorous works called into question the artist’s role within society and culture at large. His criticism of the artistic status quo and daily life issues would become evident through provocative imagery and–eventually–recurrent motifs that in many cases represented the artist himself and aimed at shocking and disturbing the viewer.
Both within his life, and since his passing, Martin Kippenberger’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions have been held in institutions such as the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin in 2013, the Picasso Museum in Málaga, 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2008-2009, the Tate Modern in London and the K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf in 2006, the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna, the VanAbbe Museum in Eindhoven and the Museum für Neue Kunst in Karlsruhe and at the Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen in 2003.
Raft of the Medusa" is a tightly focused, museum-quality show of some 59 paintings, drawings, prints and photos, plus one large tapestry, which Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) produced in a burst of feverish creativity in the year before he died. Inspired by Theodore Géricault's 1819 masterpiece, Kippenberger mimics the poses of some of the figures in the French artist's vast composition. In doing so, he conveys his own unique sense of gut-wrenching fear and dread. Among the most powerful works are a group of wildly colorful self-portraits that demonstrate, aside from a very personal angst, a novel and innovative approach to the figure.