As art sales go online, the NYT notes an increasing generation gap, with older buyers tapering off their purchases and younger buyers continuing to collect. “The resistance from older collectors is still there,” says Anders Petterson, founder of analytics firm ArtTactic. “When there is no physical art world, how do you substitute that experience?” he added. “Younger people are a lot quicker to adapt.”
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Georg Baselitz (born January 23, 1938) is a German painter who studied in the former East Germany, before moving to what was then the country of West Germany. Baselitz’s style is interpreted by the Northern America as Neo-Expressionist, but from a European perspective, it is more seen as postmodern. His career was kick-started in the 1960s after police action against one of his paintings, (Die große Nacht im Eimer), because of its provocative, offending sexual nature. Baselitz is one of the world’s best-selling living artists. He is a professor at the renowned Hochschule der Künste in Berlin.
[Bio via Wikipedia Entry]
A Modern Painter- 1966 Oil on canvas
[image via www.berlinischegalerie.de]
Oberon (Remix)- 2005 oil on canvas
[image via www.channel4.com/news]
In the 1970s, Baselitz was part of a group of Neo-Expressionist German artists, occasionally identified as “Neue Wilden,” focusing on deformation, the power of subject and the vibrancy of the colors. He became famous for his upside-down images, he is seen as a revolutionary painter as he draws the viewer’s attention to his works by making them think and sparking their interest. The subjects of the paintings don’t seem to be as significant as the work’s visual insight. Through out his career, Baselitz has varied his style, ranging from layering substances to his style, since the 1990s, which focuses more on lucidity and smooth changes.
Georg Baselitz photographed by Lothar Wolleh,
Mülheim, 1971 [image via www.ecopolis.org]
Georg Baselitz: Lenin on the Tribune-
1999, oil on canvas [image via www.deichtorhallen.de]
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