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Extended through March 23, 2019

Georg Baselitz

Devotion

January 24–March 23, 2019
West 24th Street, New York

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Georg Baselitz, Mark Rothko, 2018 Oil on canvas, 64 ⅞ × 39 ⅜ inches (165 × 100 cm)© Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Mark Rothko, 2018

Oil on canvas, 64 ⅞ × 39 ⅜ inches (165 × 100 cm)
© Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Piet M., 2018 Oil on canvas, 64 ⅞ × 39 ⅜ inches (165 × 100 cm)© Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Piet M., 2018

Oil on canvas, 64 ⅞ × 39 ⅜ inches (165 × 100 cm)
© Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, N. E., 2018 India ink and watercolor on paper, 26 × 20 ⅛ inches (66.1 × 51 cm)© Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, N. E., 2018

India ink and watercolor on paper, 26 × 20 ⅛ inches (66.1 × 51 cm)
© Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

About

There have always been portraits throughout art history. But more important than the subject has always been the artist himself. . . . I call this exhibition Devotion because the people I portray here are especially meaningful to me.
—Georg Baselitz

Gagosian is pleased to announce Devotion, new paintings and works on paper by Georg Baselitz.

A pioneering Neo-Expressionist, Baselitz employs raw, painterly gestures to create visceral compositions with an intense emotional charge. By continually reinterpreting artistic precedents—his own previous works included—he has returned the figure to a central place in painting while expanding the very definition of abstraction.

Baselitz’s interest in portraiture emerges from his fascination with memory and its inconsistencies, as well as his observation that every painting—even a portrait of another person—is the artist’s self-portrait. At the Kunstmuseum Basel, he saw Henri Rousseau’s The Muse Inspires the Poet (Marie Laurencin and Guillaume Apollinaire) (1909) and assumed that the depicted couple was Rousseau and his wife—only to discover later that the painting shows the poet Apollinaire and his muse, painter Laurencin. This realization gave rise to a new line of inquiry for Baselitz. Over the past year, he has intensified his ongoing engagement with images of the past, producing paintings and drawings based on artists’ self-portraits. As he works, in paint or ink, he recalls the effects of each portrait and captures them in his own unique style.

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