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MONDAY, MAY 07 2012, 08:00 PM

On the occasion of the publication of Susanne Kippenberger’s book, Kippenberger: The Artist and his Families, (J&L Books, 2012), the Austrian Cultural Forum and J&L Books present a panel discussion on the artist Martin Kippenberger's legacy and influence in the United States.

Martin Kippenberger (photo by Elfie Semotan) had mixed feelings about the US. "To have an exhibition in America, I guess you have reached some sort of goal in that!" he said. In fact, during his lifetime he had solo exhibitions at the Hirschhorn and SFMOMA, while no German museum would show his work. The Museum of Modern Art in New York owns more Kippenbergers than all the museums in Germany put together. On the other hand, his humor and political incorrectness were not always well received in the US. Crowds at Los Angeles parties would disperse when Kippenberger would start one of his hour-long jokes. According to Martin, Americans would “slurp down one hamburger after another but not have any spaghetti bolognese, because they’re healthy.”

Whether in America or Europe, Martin Kippenberger was a polarizing figure. Since his death, he has become a major influence on a new generation of artists around the world. Peter Pakesch, Ann Temkin, and John Miller will discuss American and European perspectives on Martin Kippenberger and his work. The event will be moderated by Robert Storr.

Roberta Smith reviewed the book for the New York Times on February 17, 2012.


John Miller (American artist based in New York City and Berlin)
Peter Pakesch (Director: Universalmuseum Joanneum)
Ann Temkin (Chief Curator, Dept. of Painting and Sculpture, MoMA)

Moderator: Robert Storr (Dean, Yale School of Art)
Introduction by Andreas Stadler (ACFNY director) and Jason Fulford (J&L Books)