• George Baselitz

    Toledo Museum of Art

    Georg Baselitz is a particularly telling artist when he works on a small scale. In the small works of this exhibition, his gesture is tightened by the format, creating a smoldering, implosive effect that one does not always get from his heavily gestural paintings. Even his figures seem forced into too small a space. At his best, Baselitz uses paint with linear complexity—draws with paint, as it were. The gestural spillover is the result of the ambivalence of his handling, which is at once assertive and hesitant—peculiarly inhibited for all its forcefulness, as the brusqueness and choppiness of

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