Anselm Kiefer is known for his large-format works, and it’s in nearby Parisian suburb Le Bourget, in a space as grand as the paintings, that you can see four of his recent works at the very chic Gagosian Gallery…
The exhibition is called Field of the Cloth of Gold, and the paintings, which seem to show golden fields of wheat, have titles that add sense (or mystery?) to their content – Sichelschnitt (Sickle Cut) refers to a German war strategy in 1940, while Beilzeit – Wolfszeit (Axe-Age—Wolf-Age) alludes to Nordic poetry.
Even the title of the exhibition is a concept, referencing a peace summit between king Henry VIII and Francis that was held in the middle of a field 500 years ago.
The paintings are the fruit of two years of work, and the artist adds both natural and synthetic objects to the surface, giving them a 3D look.
Surely there is no better place to see them close up than in the huge, impressive space of the Gagosian Gallery?