Sigmar's Polke dots, 2019,
Acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11" (36 x 28 cm)
Jonathan's history of the future, 2019,
Acrylic on canvas, 14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)
Sigmar Polke painted Freundinnen (Girlfriends 1965/66), one of his important early paintings. Taken from a found image of two young women, he applied hand painted dots.
His comments refer to his message through his artwork mocking pop art and questioning art, the use and social function of images and the limits between a photograph and a painting (hence the emoji).
His friend Gerhard Richter with whom he founded the painting movement "Kapitalistischer Realismus” ("Capitalist realism") comments with one of his quotes about art.
During an interview, Jonathan Meese declared “I don’t believe in the history of art, because I think that everything that is right has no history” and later “Jonathan Meese is not interested in the history of reality. Everything radical and precisely graphic is sustainable. Human ideologies like religions and politics are based on the past and therefore irrelevant to art. Art always transforms radicalism of the past into the future. Art is always the total time machine. Jonathan Meese is interested in the history of the future. Art is never nostalgic.”
The comment is from critic Morgan Falconer who in a 2003 Frieze review, refers to Meese’s paintings of warrior-like figures as “accumulations of power.” “It would be wrong,” Falconer writes, “to suggest that Meese is simply spoofing this extravagant mythology: there is simply too much power and persuasiveness in them for that.”
Sources: Sigmar Polke: Girlfriends, Stefan Gronert - David Zwirner Books