In 1986, Sigmar Polke created a work titled “Audacia.” This piece revisits a subject he had previously explored in a series produced for the West German pavilion of the Venice Biennale that same year. The series, titled “Dürer’s Loops,” references abstract decorative shapes within Albrecht Dürer’s print. Polke was an influential German artist who worked across various mediums and helped define contemporary art.
Polke’s works often incorporated non-traditional materials and techniques, serving as a critique of art itself. He was part of the German art movement called Capitalist Realism. In terms of market value, Polke’s work continues to do well, especially with the upcoming exhibition “Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010” at the Museum of Modern Art.
Although not much information is available concerning Audacia specifically, it remains an important piece in Polke’s oeuvre due to his significant artistic contributions during that time period. With his unorthodox approach and critical view on traditional artistic processes, Polke paved the way for future artists to think outside of the box and challenge traditional concepts about what defines “art.”