Cristea Roberts Gallery has been the publisher of Georg Baselitz’s (b.1938) editions since 2018 and we present here a selection of these recent etchings. They are based on self-portraits of artists that he admires or is influenced by, such as Mark Rothko and the German artists Wols and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. This selection of Baselitz’s predecessors offer us an insight into the mind of the artist; each self-portrait has been carefully selected and reimagined in Baselitz’s own unique style. They are shown alongside Elke IV, from a series of work named after his wife, whose portrait is an important motif in Baselitz’s work.
Works by Christiane Baumgartner (b.1967) include a major new large-scale woodcut, entitled Wish You Were Here, 2020, which captures cloud formations over water. Further prints show rippling light reflected on water and Baumgartner experiments with colour to depict a large plume of smoke rising out of a volcano in Phoenix. To achieve the effect of ever-changing natural phenomena in her work, the artist combines contemporary technology in the form of digital photography and video with time-honoured woodcutting techniques.
Recent screenprints by Richard Long (b.1945), our second print project with the artist, are based on drawings made from mud taken from the River Avon in Bristol. Each print depicts rivulets of muddy water; Long enjoys working with this mud for its tactility and material simplicity, as well as its significance as a natural force which has traced the earth’s surface for over a millennia. Long continues to gather source material for his works on paper from the huge steep mud banks of the river in Bristol, the city where he was born and continues to live.
Monumental drawings depicting the landscape of Chimborazo in Ecuador by Emma Stibbon (b. 1962) are displayed alongside two prints by the artist who explores environments in flux. Caldera Overlook, 2017, an immense woodblock print made in response to a residency in 2017 at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, evokes the glow of a volcanic crater through lush rain forest. Stibbon, who works out on the field in some of the most inhospitable regions of the world, explores the impact of natural forces and human activity on some of the most environmentally vulnerable parts of the world.
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