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Women can't paint, and neither can Georg Baselitz


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No way, according to Georg Baselitz
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  • No way, according to Georg Baselitz
In a recent interview with Der Spiegel, German artist and perennial provocateur Georg Baselitz claims that "women don't paint very well," as evidenced by the market's failure to embrace women artists with the same fervor as it does men. In a bit of circular logic worthy of an M.C. Escher drawing, he goes on to concede that there are talented women painters, but that talent is more a hindrance than a virtue in painting. Within a few breaths, women have gone to not painting very well to painting too well.

Either way, they suck.

This kind of fallacious reasoning is nothing new. In 1937, the abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann told Lee Krasner of her work, "This is so good, you would not know it was painted by a woman." Almost 60 years later, on the eve of Jenny Saville's breakout show at the Saatchi Gallery, venerated art critic David Sylvester mused, "I always thought women couldn't be painters." When Saville asked why, Sylvester answered, "I don't know. That's just the way it's always been. That's the way it is."

Quod erat demonstrandum, sir. Who could argue with that?

And now, in 2013, we have Georg Baselitz making the same senseless claim. I could pull out a soap box and make an impassioned plea for parity, but since we've all got shit to do today, let's allow the paintings—of both Herr Baselitz and the women he claims can't paint very well—to speak for themselves.

This is Lee Krasner:


And this is Georg Baselitz:


This is Jenny Saville:


And this is Georg Baselitz:


This is Chicago's own Gail Potocki:


And this is Georg Baselitz:


Wait—I may have just helped Baselitz demonstrate his point. He's cleary unhindered by talent.

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