Born in Germany in 1938, Georg Baselitz, now 83, grew up during war and its devastation. When he came of age, he rejected abstraction—the path of so many postwar artists—choosing the human figure as a central motif. His work, however, was anything but naturalistic. The figures were distorted, executed in vibrant expressionistic strokes. He captured raw emotion. In 1969, Baselitz began painting his figures upside down—a technique that brought worldwide acclaim. He meant to force viewers to slow down and focus on the surface, shape, and color of a work, instead of its pictorial content. Still active today, Baselitz’s recent years have seen a shift toward abstraction. In this exhibition, works spanning six decades are on display, including a series of the artist’s Fractured compositions from the late 60s. —E.C.
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