Georg Baselitz

Skulpturen / Sculptures
The first book to collect all of George Baselitz’s sculptures created over the last 30 years.
Editors: 
Karola Kraus
Release Date: 
December 2009
Credits: 
Published by Distanz
Format: 
22 x 27.5 cm
Features: 
240 Pages, full color, linen hardcover
Language: 
bilingual German/English
ISBN: 
978-3-89955-400-7
Catalog Price: 
$78.00

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About This Book

Georg Baselitz continuously contravenes set categories and regularities in his work. In sculpture, in which Baselitz first began to work in 1979, he fights against harmony and symmetry just as he does in his paintings.

This volume is a catalogue raisonné documenting all 58 sculptures created over the past thirty years, from his first sculpture Modell für eine Skulptur (“Model for a Sculpture,” 1979–80) to his most recent, Volk Ding Zero (“People Thing Zero,” 2009). Thus it offers a scholarly work of reference in which all of the sculptures are brought together for the first time.
 

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Georg Baselitz, born Hans-Georg Kern in Deutschbaselitz, Saxony, in 1939, continuously contravenes set categories and regularities in his work. The manifold meanings of his works, the allusions and pictorial references to art history, contemporary history and biography, the ironic distance and the eagerness to experiment emphasize how he ceaselessly rethinks and reinvents his painting. In sculpture, in which Baselitz first began to work in 1979, he fights against harmony and symmetry just as he does in his paintings. Much like the painter Baselitz accords the greatest possible freedom to the individual brushstrokes in his paintings, the sculptor Baselitz works the wood with a chain saw, hatchet and chisel. The raw feats of strength create abrupt lines, notches and incisions in the sculpture. Sculpture, the artist has said, is a shorter path than painting to express the same problem, since sculpture is more primitive, more brutal and more unconditional. The lively evocative power of the creative means is much more directly legible and much less encoded in the medium of sculpture.

This volume is a catalogue raisonné documenting all fifty-eight sculptures created over the past thirty years, from his first sculpture Modell für eine Skulptur (“Model for a Sculpture,” 1979–80) to his most recent, Volk Ding Zero (“People Thing Zero,” 2009). Thus it offers a scholarly work of reference in which all of the sculptures are brought together for the first time.