Georg Baselitz

The Heroes

Edited by Max Hollein and Eva Mongi-Vollmer

Georg Baselitz

Edited by Max Hollein and Eva Mongi-Vollmer

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

160 pages | 130 color plates | 9 x 11 | © 2016
Cloth $49.95 ISBN: 9783777425689 Published October 2016 For sale in North America and Japan only
Georg Baselitz spent the formative years of his painting career in West Germany, where an early impetus behind his work was the question of the country’s still-troubled national identity and the discontinuity of the self and society. Between 1965 and 1966, Baselitz created the masterworks in his monumental Heroes and New Types series. Georg Baselitz: The Heroes reproduces the series in full-color with close readings of the paintings with regard to their artistic style and historical context.
The paintings in Georg Baselitz: The Heroes reflect a deep ambivalence toward German culture during the time in which the young artist created the series. In these now-classic scenes, military characters are portrayed as fundamentally contradictory figures, wounded and with their fatigues in tatters, their failures engraved on tormented faces. These images contrast sharply with the economic and political success of postwar West Germany. At the same time, the series served as a forceful formulation of the artist’s position in relation to society.
Reproducing the boldly outspoken series, Georg Baselitz: The Heroes collects the artist’s earliest statements on the theme of growing up against the fractured landscape of postwar Germany, a theme that has continued to be developed and refined throughout the artist’s remarkable body of work.
 
Contents
Preface
Foreword: Max Hollein
 
Essays
Painting as Liberation: Max Hollein
Heroes without Deployment. The Years of Creation (1965/66): Eva Mongi-Vollmer
Lost: Richard Schiff
The Postheroic Hero Georg Baselitz and the End of a Failed Ideology: Uwe Fleckner
 
Catalogue
‘No one wants to die without having lived…’ 15 Stories Based on Pictures by Georg Baselitz from the Years 1965 and 1966: Alexander Kluge
 
Appendices
List of Works
Bibliography
Colophon
Picture Credits
 
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