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Conceptual painter Sigmar Polke died Thursday in Cologne, Germany, of complications from cancer. He was 69. According to the NY Times Roberta Smith, Polke’s "main achievement was to be an early and astute adopter of American Pop Art, belying its crisp, consumerist optimism with tawdry materials that added social bite, and with random splashes of paint that implied disorder and the unconscious."

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