Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz
Tracey Looks Behind the Sofa and Finds His Drawing, That Is, What Bob Left of It (Tracey schaut hinters Sofa und findet dort seine Zeichnung, bzw. das was Bob davon übrig liess)
Ink and watercolor on paper.
26 x 20 1/16 inches (66 x 51 cm)
Gift of the Baselitz Family.
© 2023 Georg Baselitz

Exhibition label: Tracey and Bob, in the title inscribed on the sheet in the manner of a cartoon caption, are British artist Tracey Emin (b. 1963) and American Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008). In 1953 Rauschenberg famously borrowed a drawing from Willem de Kooning and erased it - an episode to which "what Bob left of it" refers. Baselitz included Emin in the scene because some of her drawings, he said, "to me are clearly based on de Kooning." Ten years later, Baselitz made portraits of both Emin and Rauschenberg as part of his Devotion series dedicated to artists he admired.

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