April 20 – August 26, 2007
In 2006 the Blanton received an important gift: Anselm Kiefer’s stunning Sternenfall [Falling Stars] from 1998. This monumental painting by one of the most highly regarded artists working today allows the Blanton to begin the process of creating a truly global collection of contemporary art. Kiefer currently lives in France and exhibits his work all over the world. However, he was deeply influenced by having grown up and studied in Germany in the late 1960s and 1970s. In an effort to provide insight into his origins and re-create something of the dynamic, fractured environment in which he was working at the time, Anselm Kiefer in Context assembles a group of prints by artists who were also active in Germany during this period. Associated with movements as diverse as Pop, Conceptualism, Fluxus, and Expressionism, these individuals form the cultural and historical context in which Kiefer came to maturity as an artist.
Curated by Kelly Baum, assistant curator of American and contemporary art, and Danielle Wells, curatorial intern