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Georg Baselitz: Darkness Goldness

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This lavishly illustrated book brings together a group of paintings, reliefs and works on paper made during 2019 by Georg Baselitz. It provides an in-depth study of a single motif, distilled to its simplest form in three distinct mediums. Since the beginning of his career, Baselitz has worked with the expressive potential of this body part, beginning with his iconic ‘Heroes’ series from the mid-1960s when ‘monstrous’ hands were often the dominant feature of his subjects. In this powerful series of paintings, the hand is isolated from the rest of the body, painted in gold and emerging out of a dark background, hanging open and limp. Joining a long tradition of artists using the hand as a potent means to express emotion, here Baselitz seems to work against his own facility, by using a monoprint technique to transfer the image from one canvas to another, and at the same time reveal his outstanding draftsmanship in the accompanying ink on paper drawings.

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