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Georg Baselitz: artists should steer clear of politics

As a new exhibition of his works opens at Glyndebourne, the artist argues that German culture is entwined with power

By Sameer Rahim  

German artist Georg Baselitz at the pop-up White Cube at Glyndebourne © Sam Stephenson

Over the last half century, the German artist Georg Baselitz has been a radical presence in the art world, his work grappling with the difficult history of post-war Europe. His arresting painting, The Big Night Down The Drain (1963), featuring a dwarf with an erect penis and Hitler hairdo, was put on display in West Berlin in 1963 at the Galerie Werner &…

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