The Talented Mr. Polke (RIP)

After a long battle with cancer, the modernist Sigmar Polke gave up the ghost.

Polke was an unusual talent who surprised us with his unique use of imagery and materials; as well as an uncanny combination of the known and unknown, the familiar and the strange.

The sardonic Sigmar Polke founded the Capitalistic Realist movement of the ’60’s — in response to communist propaganda/advertising.

The art community grieves the loss of Sigmar Polke and his uncommon subversive vision. Luckily his influence is profound and can even be seen in the work of street artists, which is right up Polke’s alley and o-so perfect when you think of it. Polke’s style will be reimagined in gutters and alleyways as a whole new generation of artists explore a sort of Sig-Polkian take on consumerism and political propaganda.

Still, he’ll be missed.

 The German artist was 69.

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