Sigmar Polke: Negative Value

‘Some day we shall no longer need pictures, we shall just be happy’

Sigmar Polke’s output changed constantly throughout his career but the topic of research remained the same. His statement above from 1966 suggests art as investigation, an investigation that is required under present conditions. As such, Polke’s work can be understood as a criticism of things as they are, and specifically, modern notions of reason and instrumental rationality.

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Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz and the Representation of Metropolitan Experience

Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, published in Germany in 1929, is a key example of the Modernist endeavor to encapsulate a new metropolitan experience. Continue reading “Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz and the Representation of Metropolitan Experience”