Articles in Category: Anselm Kiefer

Kiefer’s Challenge

Written on December 15, 2010

Jacobs Ladder

The German artist Anselm Kiefer has once again taken New York by storm. Ensconced at the prestigious Gagosian Gallery, Next Year in Jerusalem, his latest New York show, has met with reviews ranging from the gushing to the grudgingly respectful.  To Roberta Smith, the veteran New York Times art critic, the massive exhibit, which closes December 18, is “possibly the best [Kiefer] has ever mounted in the city,” even as Smith also comments, more caustically, that it amounts to “middlebrow art as catharsis, spectacle with a message.”