Art History 1030P01
Instructor Rachelle Starr
April 15, 2014
I have chosen to research post modern architecture. This piece is called “Watchtower” by Sigmar Polke in 1984. He used a synthetic polymer paint and dry pigment on patterned fabric. He is a German painter. He grew up in East Germany but moved later with his family to West Germany in Wittich. He studied at the Academy of Art. He was inspired by the “Capitalist Realist” anti-style art.
He has created a unique design with scaffold in this painting. It is suggested to be a concentration camp (moma). It could be a hunters blind or even a guard’s post. Polke used many combinations to complete this painting with extended paintings of the watchtower and varying the scenes around it. He used a phosphorescent glow to accent the towers top.
Polke used an abstraction along with many images to form this interesting painting. I like the textures of the background patterns on the left hand corner. It looks like it could be a metal material. There is even a path leading to the watchtower ladder and designs and lights for abstract detail.
Post modern architecture was a movement of international style beginning from the designs in the 1950’s but coming into effect in the 1970’s. It is a different type of art. In my opinion, it is futuristic with the use of older designs. It has a sense of motion with the lights and many patterns.
Polke is known for his use of multiple media within one canvas (artchive). This isn’t your typical architecture but it does include the elements to appear as an architectural design.
The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 306 www.artchive.com
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