Photos: Baselitz’s Skulls + Boners at Gagosian in Rome.

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Baring It All: We’ve seen guys like this on the subway a million times. (All photos by San Suzie.)

George Baselitz kicked off the Rome gallery season at Gagosian with a bunch of new paintings that looked a lot like his old paintings and half the pieces we saw at last year’s Art Basel (which was big on skulls). In addition to the giant skulls, Baselitz’s paintings and drawings all featured expressionistically rendered male figures playing with members that can only be described as wishful thinking. (One of the painted schlongs was a whopping 22 inches. We measured.) The show, which kicked off Gagosian’s second season in Rome, was gagosianissimo in almost every sense of the word: cavernous exhibit spaces, suited security guards hovering by the paintings, crowds of fashionistas clamoring to get in. No wine, alas. But you can get that for cheap at any of a dozen nearby trattorias. Which is exactly where we headed directly after posing in front of all the boners.

Click on images to supersize. Many more boners after the jump.


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A wall of skulls and boners.

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Skull and boner close-up. Because we know you want all the detail.

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Skull and boner, even bigger. And on canvas.

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Baselitz signs autographs for the fans. Unfortunately, the crowd around him kept us from being able to determine his shoe size…

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The fashionistas lining up in front of Gagosian’s Corinthian-columned entryway.

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“Have you ever seen one that big?” Local fashionistas debate the sex-meets-death vibe going on at the show.

George Baselitz at Gagosian
Make it big. Make it gagosianissimo.

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Skull and boner meets Mondrian.

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Meditating on the sight of one extraordinary johnson.

George Baselitz at Gagosian
Umbrella envy: Whose is bigger?

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