Curator, Ann Temkin: The series Dear Painter, Paint For Me, by its title, explicitly reveals what was going on in them. Instead of making these paintings himself, Kippenberger hired a commercial artist who made film posters in Berlin to paint from snapshots. The artist's name was Werner, and so these are signed Werner Kippenberger in this form of collaboration, that Kippenberger initiated.
The painting is based on a photograph that Kippenberger's friend took of him on a downtown New York street corner, during a visit to the city in 1979. You see him sitting there perfectly comfortable, his legs crossed, staring off into the distance. And his sense of ease is in total contrast to the fact that he's on this abandoned sofa that's ready for the garbage men, together with all of these plastic trash bags waiting to be picked up.