• Der Hirte (The Herder), 1965, oil on linen, 63 3/4 x 51 3/16".

    Georg Baselitz

    Museum der Moderne Salzburg | Rupertinum
    Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 9
    February 28–June 21, 2009

    Curated by Toni Stooss and Tina Teufel

    It was Ed Ruscha who declared, “I don’t want no retrospective,” but it is German artist Georg Baselitz who arguably doesn’t need one: His ongoing “Remix” project of recent years, in which he revisits his own past imagery, makes every show of his a retrospective of sorts. Even so, and not long after his substantial 2007 exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, another long view of Baselitz’s work is welcome, if only as another opportunity to remind those who would rather forget him—along with the ’80s neo-expressionism he influenced—that he’s an amazing painter who just keeps getting better. His new paintings tear apart the old ones with a serene glee, and with some seventy canvases and five sculptures spanning nearly five decades, this retrospective should show us how and why.