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Sigmar Polke: Girlfriends

By Stefan Gronert

Focusing on techniques of reproduction, Stefan Gronert presents a study of Sigmar Polke’s Freundinnen (Girlfriends, 1965/66), a work that challenges the social use, production and function of images.

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With Freundinnen (Girlfriends, 1965/66), Sigmar Polke took found imagery of two women and offered a compelling statement about the use, production and social function of pictures. Adopting the raster dots found in mass media reproductions, Polke’s Girlfriends foregrounds a prolific body of work crossing a broad range of media – photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and film – and styles varying from Abstract Expressionism to Pop.

In this book, Stefan Gronert approaches Girlfriends through its technical detail and historical context, analysing Polke’s relationship to his tutors, peers and friends – especially Gerhard Richter. Considering such topics as the use of photographed material, the raster technique and the feminist discourse of the time, this illustrated study draws on a variety of critical interpretations of Polke’s work, including some material that has not previously been translated into English.

This title is part of the One Work book series, which focuses on the artworks that have significantly shaped the way we understand art and its history.

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