OVERVIEWDEC 18 to FEB 02Solo Exhibition
- Solo Exhibition
Dates and Opening hoursDEC 18, 2012 to FEB 02, 2013
Vernissage: Tuesday 18 December / 20 hours
In this exhibition, Galería Pilar Serra presents a selection of original graphic work from different series belonging to the years 2004 to 2011, etchings, sugar aquatints and woodcuts along with various watercolours on paper.
Hans Georg Kern, which is his real name, was born in 1938 in Deutchbaselitz, from which he took his artistic surname, and is now recognised as one of the most highly regarded and significant artists – painter, engraver, sculptor – of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In 1964, Baselitz became an engraver by means of experimenting with soft varnish, a technique closer to drawing on paper, and later on he turned to the fields of etching, aquatint and drypoint, to direct carving in woodcuts and large format linocuts, which he did without any previous sketches, and which he and his wife sometimes printed. These are usually editions with very short print runs, done by hand, using a very traditional methodology.
His engravings explore the same thematic fields as his painting and sculpture, in the words of Baselitz: “what I do in painting goes over to what I do in engraving”, which is nevertheless resolved with complete autonomy: “By concerning oneself with prints, one realises that every engraving, no matter what its age, displays a greater freshness, greater immediacy in its freshness, in its state of conservation, than a drawing by the same artist. This is what attracts me to engraving, I never conceived it as reproduction, as a multiplication of a sketch. For me, it has always been a question of using a complementary analysis linked to the technique of engraving in order particularly to highlight, to clarify in an elaborate way in the drawing or a painting, as well as in an Ingres style outline, though which would have an autonomous artistic ambition” commented the artist in 1984.
He began his period as an engraver in 1964, in a search for a personal language which could liberate him from all imitative projects, “I’m not the slightest bit interested in aiming towards reality in a way that would say to me: the space is tottering, light and shade have to be added, the colour is different! What I’m interested in every so often is appointments with the history of art.”
Starting in 1977 he began his series of monumental engravings and, in 1981, figure and background became integrated and the immersion of the figure accentuated the effect of inversion showing a great interest in colour which, according to him, “does not serve to underline the character of the object but instead it constitutes an absolutely autonomous value”.
This third exhibition which the gallery devotes to him brings together ten engravings from different series produced between 2004 and 2011, four woodcuts from the series “Big Night”, from 2010, two sugar aquatints “Morgens” and “Der Wikinger” from 2005 and four etchings “Gute Hoffnung” in yellow and blue and “Fortuna”, violet and turquoise. In them are again to be found eroticism, Vikings, eagles, etc. Two paintings on paper, a watercolour in India ink also titled “Big Night” and a pastel, ink and watercolour “Abgarkopf” complete the collection.
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