Kiefer’s Watercolors Continue to Light Up Market as Artist Shows in Hong Kong

The Kiefer watercolor saga continues at auction. Here are the recent New York day sale results. Driving the market is the anticipation of the Met showing it’s rare set of Kiefer watercolors in its own room someday when they take over the Breuer building.

  1. Anselm Kiefer, Die Etsch ($100-150k) $254,500
  2. Anselm Kiefer, Heliogabal ($80-120k) $242,500
  3. Anselm Kiefer, Margarethe-Sulamit ($80-120k) $230,500

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal’s SceneAsia blog interviews Anselm Kiefer about his Mao paintings and gets off on a tangent about the artist’s new life in Paris and his gigantic studio there.

You moved to Paris in 2010. How are you adjusting to life there?

I’ve worked all my life in the desert, in isolated places. I was isolated in Germany, and I was isolated in the south France.

It’s good to be in the city. For once in my life, I want to be in the center, surrounded by colleagues, intellectuals, poets.

You have an unusually large studio. How do you work there?

It’s an old department store warehouse. I have 36,000 square meters. There I can see all that I’ve done all my life. My paintings never finish. I have paintings there from the 1970s. If I have an idea, I can take it out and finish it. The whole space is like my brain. It’s like I’m walking through my brain.