London is currently hosting three different Georg Baselitz exhibitions across the city. Today I visited the Gagosian's 'Farewell Bill' show of his drawings and large scale paintings. The collection is a tribute to the late Willem de Kooning who greatly inspired Baselitz. A collection of upside down portraits, the paintings explore large areas of painterly colour, fluid line and an overwhelming sense of energy. Click here to watch the film which accompanies the exhibition.
Alongside this exhibitions of Baselitz's own paintings and drawings, The British Museum is showing 'Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation'; a show featuring prints and drawings executed by Georg and his contemporaries including Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. All the artists were born in East Germany but established themselves in the West; the exhibition explores their coming of age in post war Germany.
Similarly, the Royal Academy is hosting an exhibition entitled 'Renaissance Impressions'; a show featuring the private collections of Chiaroscuro Woodcuts owned by Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna.