Ansem Kiefer's amazing show, "Next Year in Jerusalem," at the Gagosian Gallery closed on December 18 with controversy. I saw it at the beginning of December in a crowded gallery. It was designed, clearly, to be an overwhelming experience. Kiefer has never been a a maker of small objects (his current project involves building what amounts to a city). Yet all that work is in the service of depicting things that appear ruined, burnt, destroyed. His work often references the Holocaust. I think he takes great risks in his art--he risks appearing grandiose, self-important, foolish--but despite these risks, his art succeeds.
Here are some photos from "Next Year in Jerusalem."