Kippenberger by Susanne Kippenberger
The Artist and His Families

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In “Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families,” Susanne Kippenberger, the youngest of his four sisters, offers a tender, reasonably cleareyed, oddly gripping account of her only brother’s headlong plunge through life.
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Over the course of his 20-year career, Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) cast himself alternately as hard-drinking carouser and confrontational art-world jester, thrusting these personae to the forefront of his prodigious creativity. He was also very much a player in the international art world of the 1970s right up until his death in 1997, commissioning work from artists such as Jeff Koons and Mike Kelley, and acting as unofficial ringleader to a generation of German artists. Written by the artist's sister, Susanne Kippenberger, this first English-language biography draws both from personal memories of their shared childhood and exhaustive interviews with Kippenberger's extended family of friends and colleagues in the art world. Kippenberger gives insight into the psychology and drive behind this playful and provocative artist.This is the ebook edition of Kippenberger, originally published in print form in January 2012.

 

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Damion Searls has translated many of Europe's greatest writers: Rilke, Proust, Ingeborg Bachmann, Peter Handke, Nescio, Robert Walser, Kurt Schwitters, Jon Fosse, and others.
 
Published February 21, 2012 by J&L Books. 564 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Roberta Smith on Feb 17 2012

In “Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families,” Susanne Kippenberger, the youngest of his four sisters, offers a tender, reasonably cleareyed, oddly gripping account of her only brother’s headlong plunge through life.

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