Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Anselm does Piccadilly

Anselm Kiefer has a good claim for being the finest painter working today. But his paintings are huge and not really suitable for reproduction on anything that isn't ten foot long so here's a tower of his instead (in the courtyard of the Royal Academy).

What is so impressive about Kiefer is his seriousness. He dares to be serious. He is not in awe of the (fantastically amusing it's true) Cattelan/Kippenberger tendency. It takes an extraordinary talent to reject lightness of touch and not appear pretentious: that's the way the art game is set up at the moment. But often Kiefer manages it.

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