is one of Polke's most famous raster paintings. Political and social commentary was a constant thread throughout his work, which really shows in this piece. It was originally displayed outside the Venice pavilion in 1986, the year Polke was selected to represent Germany at the Venice Biennale.
Sigmar Polke: Alibis
302 x 225 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Date of work
Original: Acrylic on canvas 302 x 225 cm Private Collection © The Estate of Sigmar Polke / DACS, London
Born in Germany in 1941, Sigmar Polke was one of the most insatiably experimental artists of the twentieth century. He worked in off-the-wall materials, often appropriating images and techniques from other artists. Polke took a wildly different approach to art-making throughout his career, from his responses to consumer society in the 1960s to his interest in travel, drugs and communal living in the 1970s and his increasingly experimental practice after 1980. This love of experimentation, abrupt stylistic changes and of contradiction, irony and mocking remained essential to his innovative art and have left his work hard to categorise, even after his death in 2010.