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Anselm Kiefer

Merkaba

November 8–December 14, 2002
West 24th Street, New York

Anselm Kiefer, Merkaba, 2002 Painted photograph with lead, 58 ¼ × 31 ½ inches (148 × 80 cm)Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Merkaba, 2002

Painted photograph with lead, 58 ¼ × 31 ½ inches (148 × 80 cm)
Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Oroborus, 2002 Painted photograph, 45 × 30 ¾ inches (114 × 78 cm)Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Oroborus, 2002

Painted photograph, 45 × 30 ¾ inches (114 × 78 cm)
Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Sefer Hechaloth, 2002 Oil, emulsion, acrylic, metal shelves and burned books on canvas, 147 ½ × 130 inches (375 × 330 cm)Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Sefer Hechaloth, 2002

Oil, emulsion, acrylic, metal shelves and burned books on canvas, 147 ½ × 130 inches (375 × 330 cm)
Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Die Sieben Himmelspaläste, 2002 Oil, emulsion, acrylic, lead objects and steel traps on canvas, 110 × 130 inches (280 × 330 cm)Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Die Sieben Himmelspaläste, 2002

Oil, emulsion, acrylic, lead objects and steel traps on canvas, 110 × 130 inches (280 × 330 cm)
Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Die Himmelspaläste, 2002 Oil, emulsion, acrylic and lead objects on lead and canvas, 248 × 212 ½ inches (630 × 540 cm)Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Die Himmelspaläste, 2002

Oil, emulsion, acrylic and lead objects on lead and canvas, 248 × 212 ½ inches (630 × 540 cm)
Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Merkaba, 2002 Oil, emulsion, acrylic and lead objects on canvas, 110 × 149 ½ inches (280 × 380 cm)Photo: Tom Powel

Anselm Kiefer, Merkaba, 2002

Oil, emulsion, acrylic and lead objects on canvas, 110 × 149 ½ inches (280 × 380 cm)
Photo: Tom Powel

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Anselm Kiefer. Merkaba, the third exhibition of Kiefer’s work to be presented by the gallery, consists of eight large-scale paintings and two monumental sculptures made of concrete and steel. The works are inspired by Kabbalist literature dealing primarily with the afterlife.

The Merkaba and Hechaloth literature, as discussed in the Kabbalah texts, deal specifically with the ascent up to seven heavenly palaces or temples, which represent the seven attainments of divine spirituality. For Kiefer, the Merkaba, or mystical chariot used for this passage, is not the vehicle toward a single apocalyptic Judgment Day but rather a means to proceed with the ongoing process of working at art.

Kiefer’s spiritual architecture of the heavenly palaces brings the seas and land, the heavens and earth back together. His poetry of images unites NASA’s cosmological ordering of the stars with the mystical order of ascent to the Palaces of Heaven.

A fully illustrated catalogue including an essay by Harold Bloom will accompany the exhibition.

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