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Georg Baselitz

Big Night VI (Remix)

woodcut (with different versions of colours)
2008 - 2010
113,5 x 69,5 cm / 44 5/8 x 27 1/4 in.
signed and dated lower right numbered 5/6 lower left edition of 6

In 1962/63, Georg Baselitz created the painting "Die große Nacht im Eimer" (The Big Night Down The Drain). Baselitz said he used the erect organ "as an aggressive act or shock", it was this attitude which was considered as offensive. In October 1963, the work, together with the painting "Der nackte Mann", exhibited in Baselitz' first solo exhibition the West Berlin gallery Werner & Katz, was seized by the public prosecutor's office because of immorality. The criminal proceedings ended in 1965 with the return of the two pictures. In his "Remix" series, which he began in 2005, Baselitz created several versions of the picture. Almost from the beginning of his career as an artist, Baselitz has been interested in graphic mediums, which take an important and singular position in his oeuvre. He uses varying techniques, such as etching, woodcut and linocut and is inspired by the manifold possibilities of artistic expression.

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