Beware Strategizing Painters Bearing Gifts

“Working Man from Dresden – Portrait of M.G.B,” (1969) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Baselitz Family, 2020, (c) Georg Baselitz 2021. Photo Courtesy: Jochen Littkemann

Sure, the world was turned upside down by COVID. But as we gladly return more and more to museums and galleries and “normal,” we still gotta take the bad with the good.

Case in point: the six paintings recently gifted by Georg Baselitz to the Metropolitan Museum. For business reasons — collectors love that institutional cachet — we can guess why Baselitz gave them away. But the real question is, why did the

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