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This exhibition presents a selection of gestural, expressionist woodcuts and linocuts from the late 1970s and 80s by four contemporary German artists: Georg Baselitz , Anselm Kiefer, Felix Droese, and Matthias Mansen.
AboutSeen together with a companion exhibition of carefully controlled, photographically-based woodcuts by Christiane Baumgartner, “The German Woodcut: 70s into 80s” provides the opportunity to compare two radically different approaches to the modern woodcut. Among the works on view are Kiefer’s unique artist’s book Teutoburg Forest (1977), illustrated with woodcut portraits of figures from German history, and his large-scale Tomb of the Unknown Painter (1982), in which he re-imagines an unused design for a Third Reich war memorial—a grandiose tomb of the unknown soldier—as a monument to honor artistic heroes. Baselitz, known for his upside-down images, is represented in the exhibition by five prints, including the oversized linocut Three-Legged Nude (1977) and a woodcut from his series 45, published in 1989 to mark the 45th anniversary of the end of World War II. A number of rarely seen prints by Droese and Mansen come from Boston-area private collections.