Sigmar Polke: Between Illusionism & Reality

Sigmar Polke, Negative Value II, Mizar, 1982, Raschdorf Collection Düsseldorf
Sigmar Polke, Negative Value II, Mizar, 1982, Oil, pigment of violets and red lead underpainting on canvas, 102.36 by 78.74 inches, Raschdorf Collection Düsseldorf

D Richmond looks at the pictorial achievements of Sigmar Polke.

Dicussing Polke's "play between illusionism and reality," in the painting Negative Value II, Mizar, 1982, Richmond writes: "there is no recognizable imagery and the color in itself is ambiguous. What gesture that exists, if one could call it that, is not in the traditional painterly terms that one or at least myself thinks about in creating space. The space that exists in this does not make the canvas plane, the proto-typical concern of a Greenbergian formalism in late 20th century the primary focus. In fact this surface plane is of no import, hence the illusionism. Polke has created a spatial infinite..."