31 May 2011

Two For Tuesday - George Baselitz

Welcome new 'Gifters' and my longtime friends.  
A cheery hello to those of you who are just popping in for a peek today.

Tuesdays are a favourite of mine as this is the day where I share a gift of art with you and we play a game.  If you're new to this space you might like to have a look at the art which has been showcased on previous Tuesdays, this can be found in the 'Art To Enjoy' section on my sidebar.

To play along is easy, you simply leave a note sharing your opinion of the two pieces below. 
I'd love to learn how they relate to your life at the moment, their comparative similarities or differences, or anything else that jumps out at you upon viewing the artwork.
Today I have invited Bridget to be my 'guest curator' as she was attending an art fair in Hong Kong this weekend. I love what Bridget has shared about the pieces and her special insights....

My favourite piece was this one by Georg Baselitz, a German artist born in '38. 
The first image called "Iris" caught me eye because of the colours and the interesting shapes. 
I said to the gallery person, "It looks upside down." and she said that he turns most of his art upside down because it's the content that matters not which way you look at it! 
I loved that he was trying to get people to look past convention and see what was on the canvas.....how fantastic, especially for an older artist! This painting was going for $5 million HKD which is about 450,000 euros!! 
The second piece is titled "Bussard". I'm sure there'll be some people who don't like his work.
I thought it was interesting and am interested in his unusual conceptual style.
Well Bridget, we'll soon find out what people think of Georg's work. If you are interested in seeing more of his work click here.

Personally I like the way he makes you see things from a different perspective.Then again I was a bit of a fiend when I was little, hanging upside down on the monkey bars until my head was ready to burst - enjoying the view - a bit like the Bussard!
The second piece has special significance for me and I'm glad you chose it.  Whenever I feel that my Bluebird has lost her zing to sing I'll think of this piece and get my thinking straightened out!


  1. Okay, I am still cracking up. I looked at the art first and then read the post! Was sure they posted upside down by accident, not on purpose! See, I should read first, then react! Anyhow, I would still like to see them right-side up, even though I get what the artist is saying. The Iris' actually have the same FEEL of the poppies I just photographed today and am posting tomorrow. I like both paintings upside down or right-side up!

  2. Tee hee, I wonder how many will get 'caught out' this way Margie?
    I hadn't thought about this when posting it but I'm sure there will be a few head twisting moments around the world today.

    Can't wait to see your poppies,

    xx F

  3. i like the first one - sometimes life IS upside down for a while and feels like your head is pressed to the floor... but there's still beauty to be seen if you pay attention. :)

  4. I really like both pieces. I love expressionist style of art and hanging them upside down is fantastic, how simple but clever of him.
    The Iris' make me think of hubby's Grandma Iris, who turned 97 last week! She is very frail now but still has a wonderful sense of humor. It's sad to think that Glen probably wont see her again (she is in Sth Africa as is most of his family) and we're not planning to go back for a few more years :(
    Have a great day Felicity,

  5. Oh, Felicity, I do like them but am discombobulated by the upside-downness, I must admit! J x


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