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Kippenberger, MartinDate of birth and death: 1953-1997 Uploaded artworks: 15
Martin Kippenberger (25 February 1953 in Dortmund â€“ 7 March 1997 in Vienna) was a German artist known for his extremely prolific output in a dizzying range of styles and media as well as his provocative, jocular and hard-drinking public persona. He died at age 44 from liver cancer.
Kippenberger was "widely regarded as one of the most talented German artists of his generation," according to Roberta Smith of the New York Times. He was at the center of a generation of German enfants terribles including Albert Oehlen, Werner BÃ¼ttner, Georg Herold, Dieter GÃ¶ls, and GÃ¼nther FÃ¶rg. He collected and commissioned work by many of his peers: some of his exhibition posters were designed by such prominent artists as Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Rosemary Trockel and Mike Kelley.
Kippenberger's artistic reputation and influence has grown since his death. He has been the subject of a several large retrospective exhibitions, including at the Tate Modern in 2006 and "the Problem Perspective" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2008; the exhibition will travel to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2009.
In 2008 his sculpture of a toad being crucified called Zuerst die FÃ¼sse ("First the Feet") was allegedly condemned by Pope Benedict as blasphemous.
He was a member of the Lord Jim Lodge.
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