"Artists of Baselitz’s generation were born at the end of the Nazi era and spent their early years under the dictatorship of the German Democratic Republic, where art’s potential was strictly circumscribed and politicized. But they were left with a sense of art’s power and the necessity of its anarchic independence...Today, the relentless insanity of events leads many artists to think that they have a particular responsibility to react in their work, but it is not at all obvious what the right way to respond might be. When imagining 'the resistance,' we would do well to remember postwar Germany, which, after a dark chapter of lethal madness, split its national personality in two: one part a bastion of bourgeois consumerism, the other a fortress of political orthodoxy. Baselitz seems to have found both options intolerable. He has been a badass for a long time, and his extraordinary career gives us one example of what real resistance looks like."
Caroll Dunham, "Georg Baselitz," Artforum, 1 October 2018, n.p.