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Georg Baselitz

Springtime

May 4–June 12, 2021
555 West 24th Street, New York

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Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view with Georg Baselitz, Lady Art Painting I (2020) Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view with Georg Baselitz, Lady Art Painting I (2020)

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view with Georg Baselitz, Lady Art Painting II (2020) Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view with Georg Baselitz, Lady Art Painting II (2020)

Artwork © Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Georg Baselitz, Displaced Persons, 2020 Oil, dispersion adhesive, and nylon stockings on canvas, 116 ⅛ × 122 ⅛ inches (195 × 310 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Displaced Persons, 2020

Oil, dispersion adhesive, and nylon stockings on canvas, 116 ⅛ × 122 ⅛ inches (195 × 310 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Spaziergang am Meer, 2021 Acrylic, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 157 ½ inches (300 × 400 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Spaziergang am Meer, 2021

Acrylic, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 157 ½ inches (300 × 400 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Spanisches Bild, 2021 Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Spanisches Bild, 2021

Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der Tag ist lang, 2021 Acrylic, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 98 ½ inches (300 × 250 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der Tag ist lang, 2021

Acrylic, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 98 ½ inches (300 × 250 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der katalanische Raucher: Osborne | Wer wirft den ersten Stein | mallorquinischer Karren, 2021 Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, in 3 parts, each: 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der katalanische Raucher: Osborne | Wer wirft den ersten Stein | mallorquinischer Karren, 2021

Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, in 3 parts, each: 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der katalanische Raucher: Osborne | Wer wirft den ersten Stein | mallorquinischer Karren, 2021 (detail) Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, in 3 parts, each: 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der katalanische Raucher: Osborne | Wer wirft den ersten Stein | mallorquinischer Karren, 2021 (detail)

Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, in 3 parts, each: 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der katalanische Raucher: Osborne | Wer wirft den ersten Stein | mallorquinischer Karren, 2021 (detail) Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, in 3 parts, each: 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der katalanische Raucher: Osborne | Wer wirft den ersten Stein | mallorquinischer Karren, 2021 (detail)

Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, in 3 parts, each: 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der katalanische Raucher: Osborne | Wer wirft den ersten Stein | mallorquinischer Karren, 2021 (detail) Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, in 3 parts, each: 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Der katalanische Raucher: Osborne | Wer wirft den ersten Stein | mallorquinischer Karren, 2021 (detail)

Oil, gold pigment, dispersion adhesive, fabric, and nylon stockings on canvas, in 3 parts, each: 118 ⅛ × 82 ¾ inches (300 × 210 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Springtime of the Black Mountain Lake, 2020 Oil, dispersion adhesive, and nylon stockings on canvas, 126 × 118 ⅛ inches (320 × 300 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Springtime of the Black Mountain Lake, 2020

Oil, dispersion adhesive, and nylon stockings on canvas, 126 × 118 ⅛ inches (320 × 300 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Lady Art Painting I, 2020 Oil, dispersion adhesive, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 82 ⅞ inches (300 × 210 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Lady Art Painting I, 2020

Oil, dispersion adhesive, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 82 ⅞ inches (300 × 210 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Lady Art Painting II, 2020 Oil, dispersion adhesive, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 70 ⅞ inches (300 × 180 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Lady Art Painting II, 2020

Oil, dispersion adhesive, and nylon stockings on canvas, 118 ⅛ × 70 ⅞ inches (300 × 180 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Leneh kentlerah fran, 2020 Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Leneh kentlerah fran, 2020

Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Braun, 2020 Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 130 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Braun, 2020

Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 130 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Kiki, 2020 Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Kiki, 2020

Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Ata lajn, 2020 Oil on canvas, 120 ⅛ × 74 ⅞ inches (305 × 190 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Ata lajn, 2020

Oil on canvas, 120 ⅛ × 74 ⅞ inches (305 × 190 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Leneh, 2020 Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Leneh, 2020

Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Cytra, 2020 Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Cytra, 2020

Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Kageli kann mankauf, 2020 Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baselitz, Kageli kann mankauf, 2020

Oil on canvas, 82 ¾ × 52 inches (210 × 132 cm)
© Georg Baselitz 2020. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

About

Gagosian is pleased to present Springtime, an exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz.

Throughout his long and distinguished career, Baselitz has combined a direct and provocative approach to making art with an openness to art historical lineages, counting among others Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston as his key influences. In 1969, he began composing the inverted images for which he has become best known to slow the processes of making, looking, and apprehending. During the past fifty years, he has augmented his visual language with a range of formal and historical allusions while consistently returning to the human figure. Often he reinterprets—cannibalizes—his own work.

Just as the exuberant provocations of Dada—as seen in the work of Hannah Höch, George Grosz, and others—emerged out of the catastrophes of the First World War, so does Baselitz’s title herald a spirited reawakening from the ravages and restrictions of the current pandemic. In this new series, he has, for the first time, introduced the idea of collage by gluing pairs of nylon stockings onto canvases and painting over and around their diaphanous forms in white, black, or gold. In some paintings, these stocking-figures remain distinct from their backgrounds, while in others, printed impressions replace the hosiery itself, their stretched forms snaking from multihued “skirts” of expressive splatters, like plants from undergrowth. Here, the stockings retain their associations with the human body while also evoking both botanical and abstract forms.

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Installation view, Georg Baselitz: Archinto, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, May 19, 2021–November 27, 2022. Photo: Matteo De Fina

Georg Baselitz: Archinto

On the occasion of Georg Baselitz: Archinto at Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, Artcore Films produced a short documentary featuring the artist. In the video, Baselitz details the origins of the project, how he approached the unique space, and his experiments in process and technique.

Baselitz: La rétrospective

Baselitz: La rétrospective

Richard Calvocoressi visits Georg Baselitz’s retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and reflects on both the historical specificity and timeless themes of the artist’s sixty-year career.

Georg Baselitz working on Madame Demoisielle weit weg von der Küste (Madame Demoiselle a long way from the coast)

Georg Baselitz: Pulling Up the Image

In celebration of five recent projects related to Georg Baselitz, Richard Calvocoressi, Max Hollein, and Katy Siegel speak with the artist and look at his prolific career.

Damien Hirst's Reclining Woman on the cover of Gagosian Quarterly, Fall 2021

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Damien Hirst’s Reclining Woman (2011) on its cover.

Georg Baselitz working on a painting in his studio.

Georg Baselitz: What if...

Richard Calvocoressi narrates a tour of an exhibition of new paintings by Georg Baselitz in San Francisco, describing the visual effect of these luminous compositions and explaining their relationship to earlier works by the artist.

Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi. Portraits of both artists in black-and-white.

Artist to Artist: Georg Baselitz and Zeng Fanzhi

On the occasion of Georg Baselitz: Years later at Gagosian, Hong Kong, Zeng Fanzhi composed a written foreword for the exhibition’s catalogue and a video message to the German painter. Baselitz wrote a letter of thanks to the Chinese artist for his insightful thoughts.

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Left: Richard Calvocoressi. Photo: Miriam Perez. Middle: Max Hollein. Photo: courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Eileen Travell. Right: Katy Siegel. Photo: Christopher Myers

In Conversation

Richard Calvocoressi, Max Hollein, and Katy Siegel on Georg Baselitz

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1pm edt

Join Gagosian for a conversation about Georg Baselitz with Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Katy Siegel, Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Endowed Chair at Stony Brook University, New York, and senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art; and Richard Calvocoressi, art historian and director at Gagosian, London. In celebration of the forthcoming monograph on Baselitz written by Calvocoressi and published by Thames and Hudson, the trio will look at the artist’s prolific career. They will highlight the exhibitions Springtime at Gagosian, New York, and Archinto at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, both opening in May 2021, and the recent gift by the artist and his wife, Elke Baselitz, of six landmark paintings to the Met, which are on view at the museum in Pivotal Turn through July 2021. Hollein curated the major traveling exhibition Georg Baselitz: The Heroes (2016–17) and authored the accompanying catalogue on this seminal body of work. Siegel wrote the insightful essay “Double Positive: Not for Not against Not Nein—Georg Baselitz,” published in the exhibition catalogue for Georg Baselitz: Back Then, in Between, and Today (2014–15) at Haus der Kunst, Munich. To join, register at eventbrite.com.

Left: Richard Calvocoressi. Photo: Miriam Perez. Middle: Max Hollein. Photo: courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Eileen Travell. Right: Katy Siegel. Photo: Christopher Myers