Anselm Kiefer was born in Germany. He is a painter, photographer and sculptor, and he also works on installations. Last year, he had a huge exhibition in Grand Palais called "Monumenta". I wish I were there! His works incorporate materials like straw, ash, clay, lead and shellac. His works are full of textures, tensions and complexity... you can sense a mind of darkness in his pieces. Compare with his way of presentation to Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly, he is less playful but more sentimental.
Just have a glance at his works from the book is enough to drive you to hell! C'est très fort! I wish I can see his pieces in a large scale. That must be very powerful!