Baselitz - Gagosian

Gagosian Gallery presents new works by Georg Baselitz

In his new paintings, Baselitz has revisited provocative aspects of his own history, such as the fractured paintings of 1966, reinterpreting them with the experience of hindsight.

February 28–Saturday, April 7, 2012

Source: Gagosian Gallery

"I don’t want to create a monster, I want to make something which is new, exceptional, something that only I do…something that references tradition, but is still new".
—Georg Baselitz

Baselitz's challenging career is a constant process of counterpoint, marked by intense periods of creative activity culminating in a masterpiece or group of master works, followed by a startling renewal and rethinking of the subject.

A traditional artisan, he produces paintings, drawings, prints, and wood sculptures, often on a monumental scale. Baselitz has consistently explored what it is to be German and a German artist, although his oeuvre owes as much to a broader range of influences, including Art brut and the drawings and writings of Antonin Artaud, sixteenth century German woodcuts, and African sculptures.

For the past decade, he has painted on the studio floor, crawling across the surface of the canvas as he works. While creating a fluid yet drip-free surface, this method denies him a total view while working; rather he must rely on intuition. Vast and rapidly painted, with swathes of bright, gossamer hues and explosive, meandering lines, these paintings are radical transubstantiations, part-recollection, part-ghost, of their rather opaque, weightier predecessors. In "Beginging" (2011), and "Ist Franz Pforr in Rom?" (2011), genderless, abject bodies surge with color and life, washed with swathes of translucent sky blue and orange, contrasting with black and white corollary that fills the other half of the canvas. The impulse to improve, clarify, and update is clearly evident while, conversely, the haunting, fleeting quality of the work reveals a mature artist's meditations on time, presence, failure, and possibility.

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Georg Baselitz at the Gagosian Gallery, Rome (exhibition, 2008)
Georg Baselitz retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts (exhibition, 2007)

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