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’80s THEN

Georg Baselitz

PAMELA KORT: When you think back to the ’80s, what comes to the surface for you?

GEORG BASELITZ: I’d like to talk about my relationship with America. It began in 1980. I showed a sculpture at the Venice Biennale, in the German pavilion with Anselm Kiefer. Shortly thereafter, Ileana Sonnabend sent me a letter, which was the first correspondence I had ever received from America. Within a week I got another letter, this time from Xavier Fourcade. Both gallerists offered me exhibitions. Their offers were totally unexpected; I didn’t think that there was an interest in German art in America. So Michael Werner and I talked about it. Two invitations at once, how could one choose? I decided I would show new paintings in both galleries—including Die Mädchen von Olmo [The Girls from Olmo, 1981], “Orangenesser” [Orange-eater, 1981], and “Trinker” [Drinker, 1981] at Fourcade and “Adler” [Eagle, 1981–82]

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