© Estate Martin Kippenberger, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
As Fashion Week transport options go, yellow cabs and black cars are the norm, but we’re taking the eco-friendly, high-art high road and traveling to the Bryant Park tents and points south in the above creation of the late German artist Martin Kippenberger. “Worktimer” (1987) is a capacious pseudoauto crafted of steel that shares its minty-fresh, toothpastey hue with the famed Vitra-produced W.W. stool that Philippe Starck designed for Wim Wenders. And with those thoughtfully placed hooks to hold our attaché cases, who need headlights?
Once we’re done with the Kippenbergermobile, it heads west, to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, where it will be prominently featured in the first major U.S. retrospective of Kippenberger’s work. Titled “The Problem Perspective” (after a 1986 work from his No Problem paintings), the show opens September 21 and will assemble key bodies of work from 1977 to 1997, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, posters, and books. “He leaves an exhaustive and challenging oeuvre, a few lifetimes of work in just 20 years, with numerous trails of associations that will take many years and many exhibitions to unfold,” writes exhibition curator Ann Goldstein in the catalogue (designed by Lorraine Wild of L.A.’s Green Dragon Office). “It is a most problematic practice—and that is its great gift.”