25 September 2016–15 January 2017
Works by Georg Baselitz are featured in a joint exhibition with Albert Oehlen. The display includes six works by each artist, all of which are large paintings on canvas. Most of the works have been newly created for the exhibition and it is the first time the two artists have been shown together.
The works in the exhibition by Baselitz include those from a series of paintings where the the artist repeats a motif of partial, detached legs: an anatomical fragment that appears obsessively throughout his oeuvre and which functions almost like a personal symbol or emblematic self-portrait. Baselitz has said that ‘Feet are my earth-wire’, emphasising the notion of feet as grounding us, but in these monochromatic canvases, four legs are positioned in a ‘X’ shape, as if spinning from their intersection at the midpoint of the picture’s surface.
Each leg ends with a high-heeled shoe which appears to be marching or dancing in an anti-clockwise direction like a sign, logo or possibly a swastika. The effect of restless movement, as if the canvas itself is propelled by some centrifugal force, is emphasised by the sense of speed of the works’ execution, made on the floor, with oil thinned to a watercolour-like consistency.
Georg Baselitz – Albert Oehlen
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Image courtesy the artist