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Georg Baselitz
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Georg Baselitz and his wife, Elke, have gifted six landmark paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in honor of its 150th anniversary in 2020. These works are now on view at the museum in Georg Baselitz: Pivotal Turn through July 18, 2021. The portraits, made in 1969, are among the first that Baselitz created using the radical strategy of inversion, in which the pictorial motif is literally turned upside down, enabling the artist to focus on painting’s possibilities, rather than the image of the sitter in direct relationship to the viewer. These portraits of the artist’s friends and associates in the German art world—the journalist Martin G. Buttig, the gallerists Franz Dahlem and Michael Werner, and the collector Karl Rinn—are deeply personal and have remained in the artist’s collection for six decades.

Georg Baseltiz, Der werktätige Dresdener – Porträt M.G.B. (Working Man from Dresden - Portrait of M.G.B), 1969, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of the Baselitz Family, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Georg Baseltiz, Der werktätige Dresdener – Porträt M.G.B. (Working Man from Dresden - Portrait of M.G.B), 1969, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of the Baselitz Family, 2020 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

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Georg Baselitz: Years later (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Online Reading

Georg Baselitz
Years later

Georg Baselitz: Years later is available for online reading from May 18 through August 8 as part of the From the Library series. The book documents an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Baselitz opening at Gagosian in Hong Kong on May 21, the first show to open to the public within our international network of galleries since the global COVID-19 lockdown. The bilingual English-Chinese publication includes a foreword by Zeng Fanzhi and essay by Lu Mingjun.

Georg Baselitz: Years later (New York: Gagosian, 2020)

Georg Baselitz, Ammersee, Germany, 2018. Photo: Martin Müller

Honor

Georg Baselitz
Académie des Beaux-Arts Foreign Associate Member

Georg Baselitz has been elected a foreign associate member of the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, one of five institutions comprising the Institut de France. Baselitz joins ten other foreign members, taking the seat previously held by the late Polish film director Andrzej Wajda.

Dedicated to the fine arts, the Académie des Beaux-Arts encourages artistic creation and ensures the defense of France’s cultural heritage by awarding prizes to both emerging and recognized artists, organizing competitions, funding artist residencies, and granting aid to artistic projects, events, and associations. As an advisory body to the French public authorities, it is organized around the notion of multidisciplinarity, bringing together members within eight different artistic sections, foreign associate members, and corresponding members.

Georg Baselitz, Ammersee, Germany, 2018. Photo: Martin Müller

Georg Baselitz, Piet M., 2018 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

Tour

“Georg Baselitz: Devotion”
with Morgan Falconer

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 6:30–8pm
Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York

In conjunction with the 2019 College Art Association Annual Conference in New York, critic and art historian Morgan Falconer will lead a tour of Georg Baselitz: Devotion at Gagosian, West 24th Street, New York. Falconer will discuss Baselitz’s new paintings and works on paper and the artist’s interest in portraiture. To attend the free event, RSVP to sjones@gagosian.com. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Georg Baselitz, Piet M., 2018 © Georg Baselitz. Photo: Jochen Littkemann

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