Press Release
31 January 2002
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Michael Werner Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of sculptures and watercolors by the German artist, Georg Baselitz (b. 1938).

Since his first solo exhibition in 1963, Baselitz has become one of the most preeminent painters of his generation. In an interview with the German art historian Siegfried Gohr, Baselitz states that 'painters' sculptures are more interesting than sculptors' sculptures.' In 1980, Baselitz created the first sculpture of his career for the German Pavilion of the Venice Bienniale. Although a number of previous works have been painted, the two sculptures on view, both from 1994, are covered in patterned cloth, introducing a new element to the development of his sculptural work.

In addition, a group of watercolors from 1998 will be shown. These lyrical works on paper emphasize the importance of the gestural line and the centrality of color in Baselitz's oeuvre.

Recent major exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh, Kunstmuseum Basel, the Louisiana Museum of Art, Copenhagen, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., Museum of Modern Art of Fort Worth, Texas, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and IVAM Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am until 6pm. A full-color catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Please contact the gallery for more information.