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  • Georg Baselitz, Canalettos Hund (Canaletto's Hound), 2005, oil on canvas, 98 3⁄8 x 78 3⁄4".

    Georg Baselitz, Canalettos Hund (Canaletto's Hound), 2005, oil on canvas, 98 3⁄8 x 78 3⁄4".

    Georg Baselitz

    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Gl. Strandvej 13
    February 10–June 11, 2006

    Curated by Helle Crenzien and Poul Erik Tøjner

    For more than forty years, Georg Baselitz’s work has served as a screen on which the art world has projected its feelings about figurative painting. In the ’60s, his moody, expressionistic canvases exploded the unspoken consensus in his native Germany that representational painting had been forever polluted by fascism. In the ’80s, however, Baselitz was derided by many critics for insufficiently problematizing his neo-expressionistic practice. But in today’s climate of painterly promiscuity, his complex oeuvre seems ripe for reassessment. This exhibition, which features some 110 paintings and works on paper from four decades, provides ample occasion to see the span of the artist’s career and perhaps even to learn something about this moment’s attitudes toward painting, too.