This is the updated and revised version of the Polke book published in 2005 by Ediciones Polígrafa. This publication was designed and conceived in collaboration with the artist and includes part of his personal documentation. It is also the only publication that includes a critical review of his production of Films.
Also there is a very interesting crosscutting issue in the book: the relation of the artist with the Goya painting, Las viejas o el tiempo. The new cover shows Polke photographing this painting in The Beaux Arts Museum in Lille (France).
Starting from the profane material of everyday culture, Polke interprets images of reality rather than reality itself, satirizes tendencies in contemporary painting, questions the role of the artist as author, breaks down the trivial visual worlds of media photography, and always, but always, takes off on the most magnificent fights of imagination.
The 20_21 Collection focuses on the creative and intellectual approach of key contemporary artists and consists of a series of monographs that examine the interdisciplinary nature of the definition of art and its limits. The collection also provides a forum for the critical consideration of contemporary art practice as a whole.
Based on rigorous research, these essays on the oeuvre of an individual artist also look at the context surrounding the work.
Gloria Moure, the editor of the collection, also pays special attention to material from the artists’ archives, their writings and their creative process.