Anselm Kiefer at the RA

Anselm kiefer is a German painter and sculptor, born in 1945. He studied with Joseph Beuys and Peter Dreher during the 1970s. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac. Wikipedia

Jonathan Jones writing in the guardian about the Kiefer’s amazing exhibition at the RA.  http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/sep/22/anselm-kiefer-royal-academy-of-arts-review

I was going to review the exhibition, but I don’t have Jones’s ability to factually critique, so I will convey my emotional response.

The scale of the work is enormous.  The energy, the passion, the lack of colour, the textures, the variety of medium.   Kiefer has an ability to convey profound emotion.  His response to the German inheritance, his response to his materials.  So inspiring.  I thought the lack of colour would underwhelm me, but much to my surprise, the subtlety of the palette left me free to focus on the texture, which was extraordinary.

The Orders of the Night, 1996, by Anselm Kiefer

The Orders of the Night, 1996, by Anselm Kiefer. Photograph: Seattle Art Museum

An interview with Tim Marlow in April, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlm5tgistqA

Mark Brown writing in the Guardian prior to the opening of the exhibition http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/apr/01/anselm-kiefer-royal-academy-of-arts

Rachel Cooke writing in the Observer responds to Kiefer’s work with an intelligence and sensitivity that I hope, one day, to be able to emulate http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/sep/28/anselm-kiefer-royal-academy-review-rembembrance-amid-the-ruins

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