They find unprecedented artistic solutions to express that consumerism is an illusion cleverly maintained by the abundance of images. When Richter enlarges the most distressing photos from the newspapers and when Polke imitates the wall posters, both take care to build their artworks without obscuring the origin of their inspiration.
The Dürckheim collection included two significant works by Sigmar Polke from the end of that phase. Dschungel 160 x 247 cm made in 1967, and Stadtbild II 150 x 125 cm made in 1968. These seemingly opposed themes match indeed together : Polke did not have holidays in the jungle and has not seen New York yet. He warns against the false promises made by the consumer society. Only the rich benefit from capitalism.
Dschungel is entirely realized with the technique of the dispersion projecting the colors onto the canvas through a pierced screen. Stadtbild is a night view of New York using this process partially to introduce some fireworks in the black background. The silhouettes of the skyscrapers are bright yellow sinuous lines directly squeezed on the canvas from the paint tube.
In the sale of the Dürckheim collection by Sotheby's on June 29, 2011, Dschungel was sold for £ 5.75M including premium and Stadtbild II for £ 4.6M including premium. On May 12, 2015 Dschungel was sold for $ 27M including premium by Sotheby's.
Stadtbild II is estimated $ 12M for sale by Phillips in New York on May 17, lot 18. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.