Born 1938 as Hans-Georg Kern in Deutschbaselitz near Dresden (Saxony)
Lives and works lives and works between the Ammer lake (Bavaria) and Imperia (Liguria)
Georg Baselitz is one of Germany's most prolific and well-known living artists. Born in Saxony in 1938 - painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor - Baselitz is perhaps best known for painting his motifs upside-down as a strategy to liberate the subject matter. His work incorporates figures, animals, birds, landscapes and still lifes.
From the outset, Baselitz confronted the visceral realities of history and the human and cultural tragedies of a world in turmoil with a cast of tragic anti-heroes, from the grotesque, masturbating boy of Die grosse Nacht im Eimer (Big Night Down the Drain) of 1963, to the broken soldiers of the Fracture paintings and the inverted figures of the disturbing "upside-down paintings." In 1980, at the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale, he caused a stir with a monumental carved wooden figure, which appeared to make a Hitlerian salute. Evidently, what it is to be German and a German artist has been very much on Baselitz's mind throughout his career - paintings abound with child Hitlers and dismembered woodcutters - although his oeuvre owes as much to a broader range of influences, including Art Brut and the drawings and writings of Antonin Artaud, as well as sixteenth century German woodcuts and African sculptures. With the reunification of Germany in 1990, however, the angst seemingly ebbed from his vision and he produced a series of paintings that he refers to as "sentimental pictures" about his childhood, home, and family in the former East German.
First International Pop Up Show by ARNDT in Sydney, Australia
March 27th to July 10th 2012
Group exhibition with:
Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Sophie Calle, Nick Caven, Joe Coleman, William Cordova, George Condo, Isa Genzken, Gilbert and George, FX Harsono, Anton Henning, Thomas Hirschhorn, Geraldine Javier, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Jitish Kallat, Rafael Lozano Hammer, Vik Muniz, Eko Nugroho, Navil Ranwanchaikul, Neo Rauch, Julian Rosefeldt, Charles Sandison, Thomas Scheibitz, Nedko Solakov, Sui Jianguo, Agus Suwage, Christine Ay Tjoe, Natee Utarit, Bill Viola, Franz West, Entang Wiharso, Liu Xiaodong, Yang Jiechang, Qiu Zhi Jie, Zhu Jinshi, Thomas Zipp