Biography of Georg Baselitz
Georg Baselitz (born Hans-Georg Kern, 1938 in Deutschbaselitz, DE) is a German painter, draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor well known for his prominent role in the development of the German Neo-Expressionist movement. The artist has a reputation for controversy stemming from widely publicized incidents involving provocative works or statements, including the confiscation of his work during his first solo exhibition in Berlin in 1963 and his controversial display at the 1980 Venice Biennale.
Georg Baselitz has famously experimented with mediums, shifting between drawing, wooden sculpture, and painting. Prominent works include the Fracture paintings of the late 60s, which contain echoes of his life in divided Germany, but he is perhaps best known for his iconic upside-down paintings, in which the artist inverts the subject matter in order to highlight the artifice of painting.
Georg Baselitz’s work has a place in a number of prestigious collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and the Tate Modern, London. Likewise he has exhibited widely, including major exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. In 2015, Georg Baselitz is participating in the exhibition All The World’s Futures at the Arsenale during the 56th Venice Biennale.