Gagosian Hong Kong is opening Years Later, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by renowned German artist Georg Baselitz. This is marks his first solo exhibition with the gallery in Hong Kong, and the first Gagosian exhibition to open to the public since the global lockdown.
Art is visceral and vulgar – it’s an eruption. – Georg Baselitz
The exhibition features a set of thirteen large oil paintings made using a “contactprinting” technique. The artist uses a stencil to render inverted figures on blank canvas, painting just the panel’s background to generate bold negative silhouettes – a nod to the idea of the human frame in motion.
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#GagosianQuarterly: “If Baselitz once contemplated achieving an impersonal, styleless style, in these poignant new paintings he has come nearer to it than ever before.” —Richard Calvocoressi For the new Summer 2020 issue of “Gagosian Quarterly,” Richard Calvocoressi writes on Georg Baselitz’s latest bodies of work, detailing the techniques employed and their historical precedents. Follow the link in our bio to read the feature online. __________ #GeorgBaselitz #Gagosian (1) Georg Baselitz, “Da sind zwei Figuren im alten Stil (That’s two figures in the old style),” 2019; (2) Georg Baselitz, “Die andere Seite vom Ölfleck (The other side of the oil stain),” 2019. Artwork © Georg Baselitz. Photos: Jochen Littkemann
An early pioneer of the Neo-Expressionist movement that had its origins in postwar Germany, Baselitz combines a vigorous and direct approach to art making with a sensitivity to art historical lineages. He counts Willem de Kooning and Philip Guston among his key influences, and is known for his uncompromising approach and critical stance. In , he began to compose his images upside down to slow the processes of making, looking, and comprehending. Over the past fifty years, often referring to and reinterpreting his own body of work, he has further augmented his visual language with a range of formal and historical allusions yet has consistently returned to the human figure as his central motif. – from Gagosian
The Years Later exhibition opens May 21 and will be on see until August 8, 2020.
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