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.
Georg Baselitz was born in 1938 in Deutschbaselitz, Germany, and lives and works between Ammersee, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; Imperia, Italy; and Salzburg, Austria.
GEORG BASELITZ: What if…
Exhibition Dates: March 12–May 2, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6pm – 8pm
Gagosian San Francisco
657 Howard Street
San Francisco, California