SIGMAR POLKE, Höhere Wesen befahlen: rechte obere Ecke schwarz malen!, 1969
96 x 72 cm (93 x 68,5)
offset print on very thin paper, framed behind anti UV-light glass
published by Edition René Block, Berlin, Germany
Margin scheme, part of Private collection, Amsterdam
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Sigmar Polke favoured a plan to have a cheap version in print of his painting Höhere Wesen befahlen: rechte obere Ecke schwarz malen! that is part of the collection of Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Both painting and print caused irritation of the public.
This is printed matter on remarkable thin paper with a printed shadow and therefore may be considered as a work on its own. The painting has been photographically reproduced with several additions to its original. In the lower part of the reproduced painting a hue-like horizontal shadow (i.e. in the text part) causes a kind of snapshot-like liveliness. With the shadow lines on the left and bottom around the work depth is created; as if the light comes from the top right corner. Hence more than just a mere reproduction.
It is remarkable that until today TAIL never detected this edition on internet, sites of antiquarians or even auctions. This is definitely a priceless work.