“Things can only be diverse and should be diverse,” wrote Donald Judd in 1964 about the art scene in New York, and hence rejected a one-dimensional ordering of art history in favor of an open encounter with works of art.

Das Motiv ohne Inhalt

Malerei bei Georg Baselitz 1959–1969
This book reconstructs the production of the large series of works by Georg Baselitz: Helden (1965–1966), the Fraktur paintings (1966–1968) and his so-called reversal in motif of the “standing on their head” paintings since 1969, viewed as the point zero of Baselitz and as a fundamental achievement in his visual thought.
Formulating his art practice from this point, and, since he retains the tension between the seeing of objects and the autonomy of the image, he turns the entire painting into a stable “motif without content”. Baselitz’s work reveals his growing, slow awareness of the conditions and potential of one’s own painting while simultaneously displaying the sober visual and logical consequence with which the artist painted his “new picture” between 1959 and 1969, moving beyond the general confusion about “modern painting” and what it actually is.

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"Das Motiv ohne Inhalt"

January 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-131-3

12,00 x 16,40 cm

264 Pages

86 colored and 18 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German

Kerber Verlag
Text by
Christian Malycha