Anselm Kiefer: Alkahest documents the artist's latest series of both monumental and smaller paintings, as well as sculptures, that explore the theme of alchemy.
Among the many artists who have broached the subject, Kiefer (born 1945) is preeminent in his concern with the transformation of earthly elements such as oil, straw, lead, mercury, stone, metal, rust, and mud.
Kiefer said, "Alkahest signifies that there is a solution which can dilute any substance. Dilution is of course something very important for me. I often lay pictures on the floor and pour water over them, or pour on water that has paint dissolved in it. So I'm exposing them to dilution."
Anselm Kiefer: Alkahest includes 74 color reproductions, eight
Author — Arne Ehmann.
Hardcover. 144 pages.