Martin Kippenberger

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Martin Kippenberger
1953-1997
Untitled
1990
Graphite pencil and felt-tip pen on hotel stationary.
11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches (292 x 210 mm)
Gift of Gail Monaghan.
2013.110
Inscription: 

Initialed and dated at lower right, M.K. 90.

Provenance: 
The artist; Metro Pictures, New York; acquired from the above by a private collector, USA (c. 1990); David Nolan Gallery, New York.
Notes: 

Kippenberger was known for his oversize and spirited persona and often provocative art. Making little distinction between his art and his life, Kippenberger produced numerous self-portraits as an antihero. Here, he poses as George Brazil, a brand mascot for a hardware store in Phoenix, Arizona. The exaggerated foreshortening results in an awkward stance that contrasts with the self-confident stride of the original figure. The work belongs to a series of drawings Kippenberger produced on hotel stationery in the 1990s, indicative of his peripatetic life. Innsbruck is where he took yearly health cures to recuperate from heavy drinking and a fast-paced lifestyle -- which ended with his death from liver cancer at age forty-three.

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