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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Utilizing various elements and items to create somewhat violent, haunting, or heavily charged aesthetics, Anselm Kiefer accumulates materials and objects found on his travels and incorporates them into his assemblages and installations to develop a storyline infused with his experiences and cultural references. His critical engagement with history, perceptions of the cosmos and the human developmentare central to his landscape of testimonials. Through a variety of inspirations, Kiefer has executed some of the most mesmerizing, intellectual, and materialistically diverse works of art to date. Drawing upon poetry, literature, religion, mythology, the memory of the Holocaust, as well as the development of an identity within post-war Germany, Kiefer’s works resonate with audiences who can feel his palpable energy. The present lot, Sefer Hechaloth, 2001, biblically defined as "Book of the Palaces," references the angel-laden ladder to the heavens, and reflects the artists vast knowledge and inner dialogue.

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Sefer Hechaloth

2006
oil, emulsion, shellac, lead, soil and photographic paper laid on board
39 3/8 x 59 in. (100 x 150 cm)
Titled "Sefer Hechaloth" upper left.

Estimate
$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $338,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

Contemporary Art Day
11 May 2012
New York