Martin Kippenberger - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ulrich Strothjohann Collection, Cologne
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Put Your Eye in Your Mouth, 13 June - 25 August 1991, p. 286-87 (another from the edition illustrated and exhibited)
    Kunstverein Braunschweig, Martin Kippenberger: Multiples, 1 March - 4 May 2003 (another from the edition exhibited)
    Berlin, Museum für Gegenwart, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, 22 September 2004 - 7 August 2005, p. 203 (another from the edition illustrated and exhibited)
    London, Dickinson, Posters and Invitation Cards 1977-1997, 5 - 31 October 2015, no. 15, p. 84 (illustrated)
    Vienna, Kunstforum Wien, Martin Kippenberger, XYZ, 8 September - 27 November 2016, p. 29 and p. 198 (another from the edition illustrated and exhibited)

  • Literature

    Angelika Muthesius (ed.), Martin Kippenberger, Ten Years After, Cologne, 1991, back cover (another from the edition illustrated)
    Angelika Taschen and Burkhard Riemschneider (eds.), Kippenberger, Cologne, 1997, back cover (another from the edition illustrated)
    Karola Grässlin and Martin Prinzhorn (eds.), Martin Kippenberger: Catalogue Raisonné, Multiples, Cologne, 2003, p. 18 and p. 47 (another from the edition illustrated)
    Manfred Hermes, Martin Kippenberger, Cologne, 2005, pp. 102 - 103, p. 159 (another from the edition illustrated and listed)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Exploring the notion of communication and understanding, in 1989 Kippenberger enlisted an aesthetically diverse range of materials to question conceptual art in Das Ende des Alphabets (Prototype for the Edition). Similarly to his sketches and drawings, the work with its artistic distinction from the final edition, affords the viewer an important insight into Kippenberger’s thought process and experimentation with materials. The shipping crate evident in the finished edition, and absent from the prototype, suggests that the artist’s more specific critique of the controversial nature of commercial art was still in formation. Cementing his influential position in the creation of Kippenberger’s works, Strothjahann worked personally on Das Ende des Alphabets, and was instrumental in the decision to exchange the materials on the Y and the Z for technical reasons. This change further distinguishes the important prototype from the subsequently editioned work and reinforces Kippenberger’s continuous experimentation with media, thought processes and communication.


Das Ende des Alphabets (Prototype for the Edition)

signed and dated 'Martin Kippenberger '89' on the reverse of the 'Z' element
rubber on wood, cork on wood, acrylic on wood and bicycle pump, in 4 parts
overall 81 x 261.5 x 24.5 cm (31 7/8 x 102 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Executed in 1989, this work is the prototype for the subsequent edition of 7 plus 3 artist's proofs.

£60,000 - 80,000 ‡ ♠

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017