Georg Baselitz


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  • Lithogrpahy

  • 1993

  • Image 50,6 x 33,4 cm, Paper 70 x 50 cm

  • Georg Baselitz (real name: Hans-Georg Kern) b. Deutschbaselitz, 23|01|1938; painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. Baselitz's career started with a series of scandals: studying painting at the Hochschule für bildende Kunst in Berlin-Weißensee, he was expelled in 1956 because of "socio-political immaturity". After changing to the Hochschule der bildenden Künste in West-Berlin his first exhibition conducted to confiscation of his works because of their pornographic content. After a phase of several erotic and body-centred motives he began to divide his motives into strips in the early 1960s. His so-called "Frakturbilder" were the predecessors of his later upside down painted subjects. Between 1977 he became Professor first at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe later at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

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Georg Baselitz, born as Hans-Georg Kern in 1938 in Großbaselitz, is a key figure of contemporary German art. He is a painter, engraver, sculptor and collector of renaissance prints. With bold and fleshy brushstrokes as the main component of his artistic vocabulary, and a chainsaw and axe as his favored sculpting tools, Baselitz is primarily associated with neo-expressionism and new figuration tendencies, seen as a result of pursuits for other – than Informel and Socialist Realism – ways of expression. The artist first studied at the University of Fine and Applied Arts in East Berlin. Expelled after a year, he moved to West Berlin, where he enrolled at the University of Arts. Together with Eugen Schönebeck, in 1961 and 1962, Baselitz formulated a manifesto and organized two exhibitions in an abandoned house in Berlin-Charlottenburg, under the title "Pandämonium". That was followed by his rising critical recognition and the first individual exhibition at the Galerie Werner&Katz in Berlin (1963), also the inaugural show for the renowned gallery. For the past four decades, Baselitz has been exhibited and collected worldwide; he partook in important mega-exhibitions such as the Documenta in Kassel (1972, 1982, 1987, 1992), São Paulo Biennial (1975) and the Venice Biennale (2003), and he has been constantly at the aphex of his popularity. Recently, the artist created a homage to Willem de Kooning, one of his main gurus since the late-50s, stating "Most of what you see as freedom is de Kooning."

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