Spending One’s Life in The Pursuit of Spectacular Failure

Mocking monumental genius? Certainly. But why claim that Martin Kippernberger was specifically mocking Galileo? Why would anybody want to mock, amongst other geniuses, Galileo, or his huge tighty-whities? Is that alright to do? I mean, has anyone ever mocked Galileo before?

From recent world headlines:

Live Hard, Create Compulsively, Die Young
The NEW YORK TIMES
By HOLLAND COTTER
February 26, 2009

The career of the German artist Martin Kippenberger, who died in 1997 at 44, was a brief, bold, foot-to-the-floor episode of driving under the influence. What was he high on? Alcohol, ambition, disobedience, motion, compulsive sociability, history and art in its many forms. . . . (read more)

Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective “Spider-Man Studio” is part of this wide-ranging retrospective opening at Museum of Modern Art, in New York, on Sunday.

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Kippenberger retrospective at MOCA
The LOS ANGELES TIMES
By CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
September 24, 2008

A wicked sculpture at the entrance to the retrospective exhibition of Martin Kippenberger’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art crystallizes the manic tone that made the German-born Conceptual artist such an influential force, beginning in the 1980s. Then, in the show’s first gallery, a thoroughly flat-footed installation also demonstrates what made his work so maddeningly uneven. . . . (read more)

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