The Artist Birthday Series

Kurt Schwitters

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Many artists have cited Schwitters as a major influence, including Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Damien Hirst, and many, many others. “The language of Merz now finds common acceptance and today there is scarcely an artist working with materials other than paint who does not refer to Schwitters in some way. In his bold and wide-ranging experiments he can be seen as the grandfather of Pop Art, Happenings, Concept Art, Fluxus, multimedia art and post-modernism.” Gwendolyn Webster, for Artchive, 2011

"Expanded from Small Red Wheel," 1983 - 1985, Inspired by Kurt Schwitters artist Damien Hirst saw these works as constituting the re-arrangement of “already organized elements”
“Expanded from Small Red Wheel,” 1983 – 1985, Inspired by Kurt Schwitters, the artist Damien Hirst saw these works as constituting the re-arrangement of “already organized elements”

Schwitters’ visual work has now been completely catalogued in the Catalogue Raisonné. Forgeries of collages by Schwitters turn up almost weekly on eBay. Before purchasing any work supposedly by Schwitters, it is best to consult the Kurt Schwitters Archive at the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany.

Self portrait by Kurt Schwitters, 1937-8
Self portrait by Kurt Schwitters, 1937-8

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