Anselm Kiefer’s World of Devastation

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Graham Fuller reviews the documentary film Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow. The film's setting is Kiefer's ruin of a studio in the South of France. Fuller writes that "Kiefer took over the 35 hectares of the industrial wasteland La Ribaute, near Barjac, and turned the atelier into a sprawling Gesamtkunstwerk, or 'total work of art,' consisting of 47 buildings, an amphitheater, bridges, caves, an underground labyrinth…" 

Fuller continues "[the film] doubles as a post-biblical, post-apocalyptic prophesy about the eventual fate of the earth and a self-reflexive meditation on the artistic process. Reflecting Kiefer’s canvases, it is etched in the colors of lead, earth, and ash, charcoals, blacks and discolored whites."

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