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This painting depicts a contemporary commercial setting, exploring the history of Western 20th-century painting while experimenting with the traditional boundaries of composition and motif. Kiefer's work engages with socio-political issues and aesthetic dogmas. In art criticism, painting is frequently viewed in terms of its role as an object of value on the commercial market. Kiefer chooses instead to explore the potential for painting to serve as a source of aesthetic change. The artist aims to accomplish this by creating compositions that play with kitsch while exalting the mundane—teasing the positive relationship between the history of images and our contemporaneous social values.
Jan Kiefer’s paintings experiment with the traditional boundaries of composition in 20th-century Western art. His work questions painting’s potential as a source of aesthetic change and other similar critical dogmas, while engaging with socio-political issues. Kiefer's canvases play with both the kitsch and the mundane, teasing the relationship between the history of images and our contemporaneous social values.