Opening reception: Thursday, March 12, 6–8pm

Georg Baselitz

What if...

March 12–May 2, 2020
San Francisco

Georg Baselitz’s studio, Ammersee, Germany, 2019 Photo: Stefan Ratibor

Georg Baselitz’s studio, Ammersee, Germany, 2019

Photo: Stefan Ratibor


I don’t want to see what I am making. I don’t want to have an overview, to create any kind of order that can be controlled visually.
—Georg Baselitz

Gagosian is pleased to present What if…, an exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz. This is his first solo exhibition in the San Francisco gallery.

A pioneer of Neo-Expressionism, Baselitz conjures new formal developments from art historical lineages—his own extensive oeuvre included. Although his paintings focus on the human figure, his raw, vigorous mark making creates new and emotionally charged routes within abstraction.

The oil-on-canvas compositions in What if… mark a significant development in Baselitz’s technique. The paintings are created with a transfer method: he paints on a piece of unstretched canvas and then presses a second canvas onto the first to make an impression in oils. Through this technique, Baselitz continues to expand his own practice of painting and mark making, finding new ways to treat established subjects.

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