The Artist Who Invented the Upside-Down Painting

The market is on the up for Georg Baselitz, one of the world’s greatest-living painters, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year

Expelled from art school aged 18, Georg Baselitz has gained a reputation as a provocateur, creating works that cause scandal and turn conventional approaches to painting, quite literally, on their head.

Baselitz’s 80th birthday in January prompted a flourish of celebratory exhibitions. In 2018, the artist will have a remarkable run of blockbuster solo shows, at institutions including the Fondation Beyeler and Kunstmuseum in Basel, Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderner the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian Institution, both Washington.

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