Georg Baselitz

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

“GEORG BASELITZ: PAINTER,” a brilliantly installed exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, is a real stunner—it’s a pity it is not traveling to the United States. Cannily positioning older works beside newer ones, the show brings to light the cyclical nature of Baselitz’s working process, one that doubles back on itself, and persistently questions the possibilities afforded by the genres, styles, and motifs of painting. It also makes clear that more than merely turning painting on its head, the artist has been attempting to redefine the genre’s borders since the early 1960s.

The show commences with an unconventional image, Porträt mit Untermieter (Portrait with Subtenant), 1997, which is actually a double self-portrait employing two introspective gestures: In one picture, the artist’s head rests lightly on a fingertip as though he is pondering; in the other, his knuckles scratch

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