Georg Baselitz is among the post-war generation of Germans whose work is related to the divisions between East and West, and their opposing ideologies. He has stated, ‘I was forced to question everything, to be ”naive”, to start again’. As such, his paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints explore the tension between figuration and abstraction. In 1969 he began inverting his paintings to challenge perceptions of representation and the artifice of painting. Since 2005, he has revisited earlier work in his ‘Remix’ approach. ‘His conception of the function and significance of the image involves both his art historical as well as his contemporary circumstances, which he grasps in a progressive, irreversible process of continuous regeneration and renewal, one whose results he consequently never regards as complete’, Ulrich Wilmes of Haus der Kunst writes.
German artist Georg Baselitz (1938, Deutschbaselitz) lives and works at Lake Ammersee and in Imperia. He studied at Hochschule für Bildende und Angewandte Kunst, East Berlin (1956) and graduated from Hochschule der Künste, West Berlin (1963). He was Professor at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe (1978–1983) and Hochschule der Künste Berlin (1983–1988, 1992–2003). His work is in collections including Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Copenhagen; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; among others.