Untitled, 1976

Basel 2017
Lévy Gorvy
acrylic and mixed media on fabric
180.0 x 150.0 (cm)
70.9 x 59.1 (inch)
Sigmar Polke’s Untitled is the final work in his standout series of heron and flamingo paintings, which he began in 1966. Pursued over the course of a decade, this series is arguably the most elaborated in Polke’s oeuvre. Imposing in scale, this painting depicts two herons in a hallucinogenic landscape. Sinuous and supple, their necks trace elegant arcs atop a piece of fabric patterned with Chinese characters and framed by monochrome triangles.