Georg Baselitz /
Sofabilder / Sofa Pictures /
May 24 – Sep 3, 2022 /
White Cube Hong Kong
50 Connaught Road, Central
+852 2592 2000
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm
White Cube Hong Kong presents Sofabilder / Sofa Pictures, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by German artist Georg Baselitz that give new and haunting form to his lifelong quest to unite abstraction and figuration in an inextricable dance. A nude female form based loosely on Baselitz’s wife Elke, whom he’s depicted throughout his career and now conjures from memory, is a central motif in each work.
In the paintings, figures are rendered in white and float on their sides on rectangular black backgrounds. Some are set in rudimentary architectural spaces demarcated by white lines, others in an inky void. To make them, Baselitz used a monotype process. First he painted an image of a standing or sitting figure on a canvas and then placed another canvas on top of it, applying pressure with the back of a push broom to transfer the wet paint from one surface to another. Often used by the Surrealists, this technique introduces elements of chance to the final image and here lends a ghostly, skeletal quality to the figures.
The drawings, created by dancing lines of red and black India ink, also feature female forms floating in the horizontal plane, but some of these ‘Elke figures’ are accompanied by images of the artist himself. Set in schematic rooms containing a rectangular couch or bed, their loose, expressive compositions are punctuated by dots, from which trail blood-like rivulets of ink.
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