GEORG BASELITZ, Untitled, 2015, ink pen, watercolor, and India ink on paper, 2 parts, left: 26 3/8 × 20 1/8 inches (66.8 × 51 cm); right: 26 3/8 × 20 1/8 inches (66.9 × 50.9 cm) © Georg Baselitz 2015. Photo by Jochen Littkemann, Berlin
In the 1960s, Georg Baselitz emerged as a pioneer of German Neo-Expressionist painting. His work evokes disquieting subjects rendered feverishly as a means of confronting the realities of the modern age and explores what it is to be German and a German artist in a postwar world. In the late 1970s his iconic “upside-down” paintings, in which bodies, landscapes, and buildings are inverted within the picture plane, ignoring the realities of the physical world, make obvious the artifice of painting. Drawing upon a dynamic and myriad pool of influences, including art of the Mannerist period, African sculptures, and Soviet era illustration art, Baselitz developed a distinct painting language.
Georg Baselitz was born in 1938 in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony, and lives and works between Ammersee, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; and Imperia, Italy. His work is included in public and private collections worldwide. Solo museum exhibitions include “Georg Baselitz,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1995, traveled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin); “Georg Baselitz: Aquarelles Monumentales,” Albertina, Vienna (2003); “Georg Baselitz: A Retrospective,” Royal Academy of Arts, London (2007, traveled to MADRE, Naples); “Baselitz auf Papier,” Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2008); “Georg Baselitz: Folk Thing Zero,” Galleria Borghese, Rome (2011); “Georg Baselitz: Pinturas Recentes,” Pinacoteca, São Paulo (2010-11); “Baselitz as Sculptor,” Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2011–12); “Georg Baselitz: Works from 1968 to 2012,” Essl Museum, Vienna (2013); “Georg Baselitz: BDM Gruppe,” Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2013); “Georg Baselitz: Remix,” Albertina, Vienna (2013–14); and “Georg Baselitz—Back then, in between, and today,” Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015). In 2014 the British Museum, London presented “Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation,” an exhibition of drawings and prints by Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Blinky Palermo, A. R. Penck, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter.
Baselitz currently lives and works near Munich, Germany and in Imperia, Italy.