Georg Baselitz

Royal Academy retrospective brings Baselitz to Frieze

The spotlight placed on Baselitz by the exhibition has induced two dealers to display his work

The largest retrospective of work to date by Georg Baselitz at London’s Royal Academy (until 9 December) has drawn out key works by the influential German artist at Frieze, with two dealers selling pieces by the artist who has, quite literally, turned art on its head with his celebrated upside-down paintings.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (B12) has the painting Die Hand (Remix), 2007, priced at E340,000 (now sold to a private collector), Pace Piece, 2003-04, a bronze and oil sculpture for E320,000, a large oil painting Jugendilche der Kolchose hören Radio (Antonow), 1999, for E340,000, and four Untitled, variations, 2006, India ink and watercolour on paper at E27,000 each. Gagosian Gallery (D7) has Der Baum (Remix), 2005 (right), for sale, priced at E375,000.

The Royal Academy show includes work spanning 40 years, assembled from over 30 public and private collections. Baselitz told The Art Newspaper that: “All the deep meanings we attribute to art are irrelevant. The only important thing is whether you have fun doing it.”

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper Frieze Daily as 'An upside-down view of existence'

Appeared in TAN Daily - Frieze, October 2007