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Exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by Georg Baselitz opens at Gagosian Gallery
Georg Baselitz, Ending, 2011. Oil on canvas. 157 1/2 x 118 1/8 in. © Georg Baselitz. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photo: Jochen Littkemann.
NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings and sculpture by 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. While his chosen forms embody an aspiration for the latitude and grandeur of post-war abstraction, the tormented and fragmented motifs that characterize his early works express the burden of post-war economic and spiritual depression. With the reunification of Germany in 1990, the angst seemingly ebbed from his vision and, for the past two decades, Baselitz has infused his work with lightness and a sense of spontaneity.

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

Baselitz is also known for his roughly hewn and boldly painted wooden figures, which fuse traditional woodcarving techniques with primitivist and folk art impulses. In conceptual and formal contrast to the expressionist directness of working in wood, he has also explored large-scale bronze-casting. In Sing Song Zero, a double figure derived from a carved wooden form, the lyrical quality of the figures linked by the undulating curves of their arms is countered by the staccato hacks and scars of the original surface that have been rendered in a seamless cast surface.

Georg Baselitz was born in 1938 in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony. His work is included in many public collections including Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Tate Modern, London. His work has been the subject of many major exhibitions, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1995, traveled to LACMA, Los Angeles, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., and Nationalgalerie, Berlin); "Aquarelles Monumentales," The Albertina, Vienna (2003); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2007, MADRE, Naples in 2008); and "Prints: 1964 to 1983," Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2008). Two bronze sculptures were exhibited at Galleria Borghese, Rome in 2011 and a survey of his sculptures was on view until the end of January 2012 at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.


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





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