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Upside Down Paintings

What is Georg Baselitz attention when displaying his artwork? I recently went to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. and saw Georg Baselitz: Six Decades exhibit. While I was walking through the exhibit I noticed most of his paintings were upside down, and it honestly seemed pointless for the paintings to be that way. I could still tell what objects Baselitz painted quickly, and it almost made it harder for me to appreciate his artwork. So, as any college student would do, I decided to do some research. I discovered Baselitz displays his painting upside down in order for the viewer to focus on the abstractness of the painting instead of the representational object within it. I can agree that Baselitz attention was somewhat successful, but to me not successful enough.

When viewing the artwork, it did not take me that long in order to recognize the objects and put aside the abstract aspect of the artwork. As a fellow artist and viewer, it frustrates me that he did not push his attention further. If he just painted more abstractly his attentions with hanging the paintings upside down would prevail through better and would better captivate the viewer within the painting. On the other hand, Baselitz intent could have been not wanting the artist to take too long to recognize the objects, but just a few seconds longer by the painting being upside down. Anyway, there is no right answer. I encourage everyone to look up his work, and his story as a German artist.

2 Comments

  1. aelayan4 wrote:

    Since I have Baselitz for my research paper, I have read that his upside-down subjects are trying to reflect unbalanced feelings from the World War II. I thought it was pointless too but I understand why he did that.

    Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  2. galakeel wrote:

    To see a painting upside down would change everything that the viewer knows about painting. It also made me wonder why should not paintings be upside down?

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Permalink