Art is Process: Anselm Kiefer

We watch Anselm in his enormous, ex-warehouse studio space working on some large-scale works. It’s exciting to see artwork being made on this scale. He’s like an architect gone berserk! Anselm approaches the scale and the industrial techniques so freely. He’s pretty chilled. It seems like he’s just loosely painting a new picture. He casually whistles while he and his team of workers (assistants) pour molten lead from a bucket attached to a crane truck onto a canvas on the floor. But he’s definitely in charge. He directs the driver with a vigorously waving hand. It looks like such a precarious and haphazard technique. What is this guy’s vision? Is he serious or is he nuts? It’s impressive to see industrial and organic materials used in art and work made at this scale but it could also be seen as wasteful. Anselm was ranked as one of the richest people in Germany in 2017. As an established contemporary artist, Anselm has the financial means to make such large-scale work. He’s going after the Gesamtkunstwerk/ total artwork but at what cost?

Video credit: CBS Sunday Morning

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