Collection 1970s–Present

Martin Kippenberger. Martin, Into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself. 1992 249

Cast aluminum, clothing, and iron plate, 71 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 13 1/2" (181.6 x 74.9 x 34.3 cm). Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund Bequest, Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro, Jerry I. Speyer, and Michael and Judy Ovitz Funds. © 2023 Estate Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

Curator, Ann Temkin: Kippenberger made this sculpture, Martin Into The Corner, You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself, in six versions, each in a different material in a different outfit.

Director, Glenn Lowry: Kippenberger gave a photograph of himself to a craftsman and had him carve the head and the hands and then cast them in metal. Inside the clothes the body is a metal stick figure with foam padding. The jeans are probably the artist’s own.

Ann Temkin: The sculpture was created in response to a critic who published an article in a German magazine with the title, "The Artist as Exemplary Alcoholic." The article accused Kippenberger of all sorts of sins, including sexism and racism and pro-Nazism.

Glenn Lowry: An incisive social critic, Kippenberger was equally aware of his own shortcomings. He did not limit his finger-wagging to the world around him, but also poked fun at himself while still treating his work with dignity and seriousness.

Ann Temkin: And Kippenberger's response was to punish himself…to make six sculptures in which he had to be put in the corner, just as a naughty schoolboy, and atone for his mistakes.