A curated tour through Kippenberger's art
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Kippenberger( Estate of Martin Kippenberger / MOCA )
Work from the series 'Jacqueline: The Paintings Pablo Couldn't Paint Anymore'
Oil on canvas, 1996
"In the 'Jacquelines,' one of Kippenberger's last two series of self-portraits, he returned to Picasso with the idea that he could take over Picasso's job by making paintings of his widow. In this one, she is wearing a cowboy hat; in its counterpart, also in the show, she is an Indian, wearing a Native American headdress. They are very sad images of Jacqueline, taken from photographs of her in various poses but based on photographs of Kippenberger made by his wife. What's interesting is that these paintings have been discussed as self-portraits, with Kippenberger casting himself as a woman. He not only played with his likeness but with gender."