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GEORG BASELITZ A FOCUS ON THE 1980s

  • Ausstellung
    GEORG BASELITZ A FOCUS ON THE 1980s
    03.10.2018 - 10.11.2018

In 2018, as Georg Baselitz celebrates his 80th birthday, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London presents the first exhibition to focus solely on his work from the 1980s - the decade that saw the artist propelled to international fame, garner widespread critical acclaim and, at times, scandalise the art world. Through paintings, sculptures and works on paper, Georg Baselitz: A Focus on the 1980s will trace the artist’s shift towards a freer, more expressionist application of paint and use of colour, resulting in works of astonishing vigour and formal power.

The exhibition presents seminal works from each of the series Baselitz developed during this decade – his Strandbilder [Beach Pictures], Orangenesser [Orange Eaters] and Trinker [Drinkers] - including works that have toured internationally but are yet to be exhibited in the UK, and those that will be shown for the first time since created in the 1980s. The survey of this pivotal decade provides a focus on both the breakthroughs of Baselitz’s painterly techniques and the sources from which his later series of works stem. His works on paper included in the exhibition – portrait heads that evoke religious icons, drawings for the Strandbilder [Beach Pictures] and untitled figure sketches – represent a parallel strand to his paintings, demonstrating the development of his personal iconography across media. In contrast to his painting technique of layering wet pigments on the canvas, the decisive graphic lines and strong contours of Baselitz’s drawings share a close affinity with his sculptures. Both show direct traces of the artist’s hand, whether as strokes of graphite and ink on paper or the marks of chisel, axe and chainsaw used to carve his sculptures from a single block of wood. The sculptural works in the exhibition include some of Baselitz’s earliest wood carvings, such as a totemic standing form that prefigures his more recent self-portraits.

Georg Baselitz, born in Saxony, 1938, has had a profound influence on international art since 1960 and is indisputably one of the most important artists of our time. "I was born into a destroyed order, a destroyed landscape, a destroyed people, a destroyed society”, says Baselitz, whose work, marked by a reaction to the human trauma and tragedy of the Second World War, shaped a new identity for German art in the second half of the 20th century. Over six decades, Baselitz has continually pushed the boundaries of painting and sculpture, particularly in the radical upside-down format that has come to define his practice.






  • 1994 von der Kunsthistorikerin Andrea Jünger gegründet, vertritt die Galerie ein ebenso breites...
  • 03.10.2018 - 10.11.2018
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    Opening: Tuesday 2 October 2018, 6 - 8pm
    37 Dover Street, London W1S 4NJ
    3 OCTOBER – 10 NOVEMBER 2018



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  • Georg Baselitz, Blick aus dem Fenster [View out of the Window], 1982 Oil on canvas. 130 x 162 cm (51,18 x 63,78 in) (GB 2231) Private collection
    Georg Baselitz, Blick aus dem Fenster [View out of the Window], 1982 Oil on canvas. 130 x 162 cm (51,18 x 63,78 in) (GB 2231) Private collection
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
  • Georg Baselitz, Orangenesser (VIII) [Orange Eater (VIII)], 1980-1981. Oil and tempera on canvas. 200 x 162 cm (78,74 x 63,78 in) (GB 2281) Private collection, Germany
    Georg Baselitz, Orangenesser (VIII) [Orange Eater (VIII)], 1980-1981. Oil and tempera on canvas. 200 x 162 cm (78,74 x 63,78 in) (GB 2281) Private collection, Germany
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
  •  3. Georg Baselitz, Rote Elke - Die Flasche (11. Gruppe) [Red Elke - The Bottle (11th Group)], 1978 Oil and eggtempera on plywood Two panels 250.2 x 170.2 cm (98.5 x 67.01 in) Overall dimensions 250.2 x 360 cm (98.5 x 141.73 in) (GB 1332) Private collection
    3. Georg Baselitz, Rote Elke - Die Flasche (11. Gruppe) [Red Elke - The Bottle (11th Group)], 1978 Oil and eggtempera on plywood Two panels 250.2 x 170.2 cm (98.5 x 67.01 in) Overall dimensions 250.2 x 360 cm (98.5 x 141.73 in) (GB 1332) Private collection
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
  • Georg Baselitz, Trinker + Flasche [Drinker + Bottle], 1981 164,6 x 133.2 x 5.5 cm (64,8 x 524,41 x 2,17 in) (GB 2308) Heidi Horten Collection
    Georg Baselitz, Trinker + Flasche [Drinker + Bottle], 1981 164,6 x 133.2 x 5.5 cm (64,8 x 524,41 x 2,17 in) (GB 2308) Heidi Horten Collection
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
  • Georg Baselitz, Die Dornenkrönung [The Crowning with Thorns], 1983 Oil on canvas. 303 x 254 x 5,5 cm (119,29 x 100 x 2,17 in) (GB 1484) Private collection
    Georg Baselitz, Die Dornenkrönung [The Crowning with Thorns], 1983 Oil on canvas. 303 x 254 x 5,5 cm (119,29 x 100 x 2,17 in) (GB 1484) Private collection
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
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