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
Private collection, Amsterdam / Margin scheme
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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!’ 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 depth and a kind of snapshot-like liveliness. With the shadow lines on the left and bottom around the work a second dimension 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.