Since his first controversial solo exhibition in 1969, German artist Anselm Kiefer has become one of the most important individuals in contemporary art, both as a figurehead of the post-war generation of German artists and as a key figure in the worldwide Neo-expressionist and New Symbolist movements. Working in a wide array of media, from photography and paint, to sculpture and even theatre, and often incorporating unusual and symbolic materials such as clay, concrete, wood, straw and ash into his paintings, through his works Kiefer confronts the taboos and controversies of recent history and plays with symbolism and mythology from both his native Germany and cultures as diverse as Ancient Egypt and Judaism. Drawing on many influences, one central figure in his artistic development was the Jewish German-language poet Paul Celan, whose famous poem Todesfuge (Death’s Fugue) was to provide the inspiration for several of Kiefer’s most highly acclaimed works.

Art Bios compiles biographies of modern and contemporary artists, providing comprehensive information on the general background, artistic vision and development of both renowned and lesser-known artists. Biographies on the former group are approximately three thousand words long, whereas those on the latter are about half that size.

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